Are you a grower or a shower?

Posted on 5 June 2024 by Natalia
Are you a grower or a shower?
When it comes to understanding the different anatomies, the distinction between a “shower” and a “grower” can spark a fair few questions. Now, whilst these terms might seem a bit out of the ordinary to some, they're actually referring to specific physiological characteristics.
By getting to know your own type of member, you can not only gain a better understanding of your body, but also tailor your choices when it comes to self-care and sexual practices. In this article, the LOVE Team will guide you through spotting the defining traits of each type of penis and help you figure out which category you fall under.

What is a “grower” penis and a “shower” penis?


A 'shower' penis is characterised by its larger and fleshier appearance when it's at rest.

It maintains a relatively consistent size, whether it's flaccid or erect. This is due to a greater amount of connective tissue and a smaller variation in blood volume during arousal. Those with a 'shower' penis may notice an increase in firmness, but not a significant change in size. It's this consistency that makes it easily identifiable.


On the other hand, a 'grower' penis is distinguished by its much smaller size when it's at rest, but it significantly increases in size during an erection.

This type of penis relies heavily on a significant blood flow to reach its maximum size. When it's at rest, it may appear noticeably smaller, but its volume increases considerably during sexual arousal. This transformation is due to a smaller amount of connective tissue and a greater capacity of the cavernous bodies to fill with blood.

Sensitivity and reaction to stimuli

A 'shower' penis generally has a more uniform sensitivity. This is thanks to a stable distribution of nerve endings and a structure that's less dependent on blood flow for its size. This uniformity can offer a more predictable experience during sexual intercourse or masturbation.
A 'grower' penis, due to its functioning mechanism, may have increased sensitivity during an erection. The influx of blood and the stretching of the tissues can amplify sensations. Reactions to sexual stimulation can therefore be more intense and varied, offering different sensations depending on the level of arousal. This responsiveness can be seen as an advantage for those seeking more pronounced sensations.

How to figure out if you're a grower or a shower

To determine whether you're a grower or a shower, there are several simple methods you can use at home.

What to look out for

  • Flaccid state: Have a look at the size of your penis when it's flaccid. A 'shower' penis will be more voluminous when at rest, whereas a 'grower' penis will appear smaller and more contracted.
  • Erect state: Compare the size of your penis when it's erect to its flaccid state. If the size increases more than double, it's likely that you're a 'grower'. If the increase is less noticeable, you're probably a 'shower'.
  • Texture and firmness: When at rest, a 'shower' penis is firmer, while a 'grower' penis is softer and more retracted.

Some practical tips for a self-diagnosis

Take measurements: Use a soft measuring tape to measure the length of your penis when it's flaccid and erect. Make a note of the differences and compare the increases.

Observe any changes: Pay attention to the physical changes and sensations before, during, and after an erection.

Snap some pics: If you're comfortable with it, take photos of your penis when it's flaccid and erect to compare and contrast. Remember to delete them afterward!

How to choose the perfect sex toy for your penis type

Size and shape

For 'shower' penises, which don't change much in size during an erection, it's helpful to know your measurements when choosing sex toys.

For 'grower' penises, which significantly increase in size during an erection, opt for stretchy and flexible sex toys. Cock rings and silicone masturbators are smart choices, as they can accommodate changes in size.

Materials and textures

For 'shower' penises, choose softer materials like medical-grade silicone or TPE, as they'll provide a more natural feel.
'Grower' penises benefit from more elastic and stretchy materials. Silicone and TPR are ideal, as they can easily adapt to size changes whilst still providing a pleasant sensation without any discomfort.

Special features

For 'shower' penises, sex toys with adjustable vibrations and heating options can be particularly enjoyable, as they add extra stimulation without the need for frequent adjustments.

'Grower' penises, with their increased sensitivity to stimuli, can benefit from sex toys with suction or pulsation features. These functions intensify sensations during an erection. Vibrating cock rings with various vibration modes can also enhance the experience by offering up even more sensations.

Understanding whether you're a 'shower' or a 'grower' can truly transform your approach to personal care and sexual pleasure. By taking into account the unique characteristics of each type, you can choose a sex toy that is tailored to you, maximising comfort and enhancing sensations.
Don't be afraid to explore and experiment to find what works best for you. We hope this article has provided you with some valuable insights. Happy journey on the road to self-discovery!