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Register What size is the average penis? Last updated Last updated Fri 18 Mar By Markus MacGill Many scientific researchers have tried to answer the question men—and women—worldwide want clear information about: What size is the average penis? We will present you with facts from all the scientific studies done on penis size so that once you have finished reading this article, you will feel content that you have the most accurate answer to the question.
And perhaps you will be reassured about your own size or that of your partner's penis. Published findings are often introduced with background information on men's widespread anxieties about whether or not their penises are big enough, and if sexual partners are going to be satisfied. So what is the truth? Given the ubiquity of free, easily accessible internet pornography, and the rise in aggressive marketing by companies promising a bigger penis through the use of extenders and enlargers, it is easy to see why the truth about male genital length and girth might have become obscured.
Perhaps it is no surprise, then, that researchers consistently find that men have heightened anxieties about their manhoods. Fast facts on the average penis size Here are some key points about the average penis size.
More detail and supporting information is in the main article. While 85 percent of women may be satisfied with the size and proportion of their partner's penis, men are less sure of themselves.
As much as 45 percent of men believe they have a small penis. Across studies, flaccid length average from 7 to 10 centimeters 2. Erect lengths average from 12 to 16 centimeters 4.
Erect circumference is around 12 centimeters 4. When is penis size too small? Perhaps the best gauge of what is considered to be a small penis is given by the threshold used by doctors for when penile augmentation may be considered. Researchers publishing in the Journal of Urology studied the penis sizes of 80 "physically normal" men, measuring penile dimensions before and after drug-induced erections. After finding average sizes, they concluded: An average penis size of 8.
Many studies have investigated average penis size. The study also found that the size of a man's erect penis was not correlated with the size of his flaccid penis, meaning that men whose penises are different lengths when flaccid may have similarly sized erect penises. There was also no relationship between the men's ages and their penis sizes.
The finding on how much the penis length can 'grow' - on whether you are a 'shower' or a 'grower' - was further supported by a study of Turkish men, in which "flaccid length had little importance in determining erect penile length.
Instead the study relied on the men's own measurements of penis size. The reports may be considered fairly reliable, however, since the men were to be given condoms to match their self-reported measurements, meaning that any inaccuracy would have resulted in ill-fitting prophylactics.
This study found the average penis size to be as follows: Average size for an erect penis is The researchers said the self-reported erect penile dimensions were consistent with findings from other studies. Their study added the finding that the precise dimensions of an erection can be influenced by the mode of getting aroused, such as whether a man uses hand stimulation. Several different studies have suggested an average penis size of between 5.
Penis size - women seem to care less about it than men Male concern about whether penile size lives up to the desires of females seems to be largely misplaced. And unfounded worries about inadequacy are not helped by the fact that a man's own view of his penis automatically makes it look smaller to him than to someone else.
Looking down at the penis from above makes it appear smaller, compared with how it looks straight on, or from the side. Seeing one's own penis from this perspective and perhaps comparing it with other men's appendages from a different perspective, may, therefore, reinforce false ideas of penis size.
But do women have a more reliable perception? One study , published in the British Journal of Urology International, suggested that while the majority of women, some 85 percent, were satisfied with the size and proportion of their partner's penis, men were less sure of themselves.
Almost half of men in the study 45 percent believed they had a small penis, yet the researchers reported that small penis size was actually rare. Some women answered questionnaires in another study, which found that while they attached some importance to penis size, it was only of "substantial" importance to a "clear minority" of the women.
While most of men's worries about penis size centre on the length, women are more interested in width, according to one study. The study of 50 sexually active undergraduate women reported that penis width was more important to sexual satisfaction than penis length - for a big majority, for 45 of the women.
Women don't want men with big penises7 A study published in the open-access journal PLOS ONE in November took the novel approach of asking women to show their penis size preferences with the use of 3D printed models of 33 different dimensions.
The women were asked to choose between 33 differently sized 3D-printed 'penises' - including the examples shown. The largest in the set was A, while D was the smallest; they were blue for racial neutrality. Nicole Prause et al. The sizes had been printed across a range from 4 inches to 8. The 3D-printed shafts were in blue plastic so as not to suggest any particular race that might prejudice the women's ideas of average size.
The 75 women indicating size preferences from the 33 blue models chose slightly differently depending on the kind of relationship they were thinking about and in any case showed they desired a size that turned out to be only slightly above the averages found across studies: For long-term sexual partners they went for a penis of slightly shorter circumference and length compared with their choices for one-night stands - choosing an average length of 6.
Follow us to the next page where we look at more results from studies about penis size and discuss concerns about age, obesity and penis enlargement. More penis measurements8,9 A number of different studies have sought to determine an average penis size. One published in took measurements of 3, young Italian men aged between 17 and 19 years. It found the median average length of flaccid penises was 9 centimeters 3.
Another study examined a different population, of physically normal Indian men, and sought to compare its results with size findings in other countries. The results, the authors of the study said, "will help in counseling the patients worried about the penile size and seeking penis enlargement surgery. The Nature-published paper included a table that listed previous findings on penis dimensions see previous reports on penile dimensions. Research studies have measured penis sizes and found an average - the typical erect penis would fit well within the range shown on this ruler.
Of the 16 studies they cited, from various countries, the earliest was carried out over a hundred years ago and published in They all arrived at similar average penis lengths: Flaccid lengths ranged around 7 to 10 centimeters 2.
Heightened concerns, 'misguided' desires for enlargement9,10 The authors of the study from India wrote that the definition of normal penile size was of "considerable interest" as there was a "steady increase in the number of people complaining of 'short penis' and seeking penile enlargement procedures. In the study of 67 men complaining of a short penis, none was, in fact, found to be severely short. The authors said there was an increasing number of men seeking surgery to lengthen their penis.
Only a small effect of obesity and age on erect penis size11 In , researchers in Saudi Arabia published the results of a retrospective cohort study of men with an average age of After medically inducing an erection the researchers took measurements and established an average: Penis length of The researchers also measured the men's body-mass index BMI , which increases with obesity.
There was a weak correlation between greater BMI and shorter erect penile length when this was measured from the skin over the pubic area, but not when the measurement was made from the bone to the tip. Common sense tells us, therefore, that the penis appears to be shorter when there is more fat under the skin at the visible base of the penis. This study also showed a weak correlation with increasing age for erect penis dimensions, although the authors noted that slight decreases in size may be of limited concern to "aging men" - they found "the difference between men of 70 and 20 was less than a centimeter.