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July 27, 2022 5 min read

HOW BIG IS THE AVERAGE PENIS?

From what penis size is too small, measuring the penis, whether partners worry about penis size, penis enlargement surgery to whether obesity and age affect penis size; what is the average penis size? The right answers to your question are in this article. 

How big the average penis is is one very controversial question as many share different opinions about the answer. Scientists have also tried to answer this question. This question gives men anxiety and stress about their sex life and sexuality. This topic keeps men worrying about their penis size, whether small, average, or big enough to satisfy their partners. It can also affect someone's self-confidence and self-image. These fears are mostly based on the intuition that penis size is the most important thing in sex. Penis sizes will vary from person to person, but there will always be that range where most men will fall. But what is the average penis size? This article will look at this and related questions.

When is the Penis Considered Small?

You may have heard or seen drugs allegedly used to enlarge the penis. This may be based on the idea that maybe the person may have a smaller penis. According to Garcia et al. (2014), the size of a person's erect penis does not correlate with the size when flaccid. This means the penis has different flaccid sizes but the same length when erect. Moreover, Eisenberg et al. (2011) suggested no link between age and penis size. Therefore a man should only get a penis enlargement if the penis is 3 inches or less than when erect. That is the only case where the penis may be considered small. 

Average (Normal) Penis Size    

It is not practical to assemble a group of men to measure their penis sizes, even for a scientific study. Instead, these men can be asked to measure their penis sizes and submit their measurements. However, self-disclosed measurements are mostly unreliable. Men with sexual activity with other people are likely to overestimate their penis sizes. Those who haven't had sexual encounters with others are more likely to give correct measurements. This shows how much the study may be misleading but correct. However, this study suggested that the average dimensions of a penis are 5.6inches/14.2cm in length and 4.8inches/12.2 cm in circumference. However, those sizes may be considered normal. Smaller measurements than this are also normal.

Measuring the Penis 

You might be curious to find out the size of the penis, and you can measure it on your own. For lengthy measurements, you can place a ruler on the penis, one end against the groin, and read the measurements from the base to the tip of the penis. You can wrap a measuring tape around the widest part of the penis for girth measurements, as Vagiano (2016) explained.

Do Partners Mind the Size?  

The biggest reason men care so much about penis size is their worry about living up to their partner's desires. According to Prause et al. (2015), the penis length is not important for any female partners. This study further suggested that only 21% of the women who participated in the questionnaires declared that penis size is important. This means that to most women, sexual pleasure is not about penis size; other factors, such as sexual chemistry, come into play. However, a different survey of sexually active women suggested that most women care more about penis width than length. 

Penis Size Women Want  

A survey was conducted where women were presented with different size preferences to understand what penis size women are comfortable with. The models ranged from 10-21.6cm in length and 5-17.8cm in circumference. The women made their choices based on the nature of the relationship. For long-term sexual partners, they chose a length of 16cm and a circumference of 12.2cm. If it's a one-time thing, many chose a length of 16.3 and a circumference of 12.7cm. What to note is that several women prefer penis sizes that are moderately above the average.

Gay Males 

There are obvious concerns about penis sizes and how they affect gay males. Penis sizes of males of the gay community cause them anxiety. Anatomy is different, and penises come in various sizes, shapes, and skin tones. The deluded ideas about the penis and sizes come from the porn industry, resulting in anxiety and stress related to penis size concerns.

When to Seek Penis Enlargement?

To increase the size of a very small penis, some options can help take care of this, including hormone treatment, surgery, and other techniques. However, penis enlargement comes with its risks; either way, it's only a minute number of people with small penises that may require enlargement. Campbell & Gillis (2017) explained that penis enlargement is recommended for people with penises of length less than 4cm when flaccid or under 7.5 cm when erect. Delusional thinking leads people to go for penis enlargement because in their heads and according to porn, penis size is overestimated. It's always the aspect of self-image, fears of inadequacy, lack of confidence, the desire to impress others, and other psychological aspects that lead people to seek surgery on penis enlargement. It is also noted that most people drop the idea after understanding the risks of penis enlargement surgery.

Effects of Obesity and Age

Several people think there is a correlation between obesity and penis size or age and penis size. Body mass index (BMI) increases with obesity. However, a faint correlation exists between increased BMI and shorter erect penis size when measured from the skin over the pubic area but not from the bone of the tip. The penis appears shorter when there is a lot of fat under the skin at the base of the penis.

The penis grows as you grow to about twenty years of age. According to science, your body size is at its maximum after twenty years of age, things to do with height and even penis size. Of course, a small percentage of people will defy this statistic.

Conclusion

Penis size may worry most men, and the anxiety and stress involved may affect self-confidence and self-image. Several doctors follow guidelines when helping someone figure out whether they need enlargement surgery: the average size of the penis is 8.8cm when flaccid and 12.9cm when erect. Otherwise, there is no such thing as a penis that is too small. This is because research suggests that small penises are quite rare. If you are concerned about penis size, speak to a doctor or seek advice from a professional in the related field.    

 References

Campbell, J., & Gillis, J. (2017). A review of penile elongation surgery. Translational Andrology and Urology, 6(1), 69.

Eisenberg, M. L., Hsieh, M. H., Walters, R. C., Krasnow, R., & Lipshultz, L. I. (2011). The relationship between anogenital distance, fatherhood, and fertility in adult men. PloS one, 6(5), e18973.

Garcia, M. M., Christopher, N. A., De Luca, F., Spilotros, M., & Ralph, D. J. (2014). Overall satisfaction, sexual function, and the durability of neophallus dimensions following staged female to male genital gender confirming surgery: the Institute of Urology, London UK experience. Translational Andrology and Urology, 3(2), 156.

Vagianos, A. (2016). Girls amazed by (mentioning or measuring) the GIRTH of a cock/Girth Queens. PLOS One, 101, 101.