Are you worried your penis is too small?
“I was in the pool!” George Costanza’s distress at the “shrinkage” of his penis after exiting a cold pool was hilarious in the 1994 Seinfeld episode, but for many men concern over the length and girth of their reproductive organ is no laughing matter.
Nearly half of us are unsatisfied with or have feelings of inadequacy about the size of our penis. This is perhaps unsurprising given that for many men the only dicks they will see will be their own and those they see in porn. This may give them a very distorted view of where they stand because not only are porn stars selected precisely because they have larger than average dicks, but also because they use camera angles and other tricks to distort the viewer’s perspective. Similarly, when looking down at your own dick the foreshortening effect makes it look smaller than if you look at another guys from a different angle. It’s also worth noting that with regards to sex, most women do not experience orgasms via penetration but by clitoral or other stimulation, so try some different positions and work on your fingering and oral skills!
Scientific proof you bigger than average
A new study could help relieve such worries with what may be the most accurate penis-size measurements to date. Many earlier studies relied on self-reporting, which doesn’t always yield reliable results. “People tend to overestimate themselves,” says David Veale, a psychiatrist at the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. So when Veale and his team set out to settle the score on penile proportions, they decided to compile data from clinicians who followed a standardized measuring procedure.
Published in the British Journal of Urology International, their new study synthesizes data from 17 previous academic papers that included measurements from a total of 15,521 men from around the world. The data enabled the researchers to calculate averages and model the estimated distribution of penile dimensions across humanity.
For most men fears about having a small penis are completely unwarranted, as even if you are below the average measurement it’s unlikely to be by very much. In fact, 90% of men are between 11.04-16.8cm (4.35″-6.61″) in erect length, 8.98-14.12cm (3.54″-5.56″) in erect girth, and 6.58-11.74cm (2.59″-4.62″) in flaccid length. This means that just 5cm separate the bottom of this range from the top!
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A 16-cm (6.3-inch) erect penis falls into the 95th percentile. Out of 100 men, only five would have a penis larger than 16 cm. Conversely, an erect penis measuring 10 cm (3.94 inches) falls into the 5th percentile. Only five out of 100 men would have a penis smaller than 10 cm.
Gentlemen, if you’re eager to see how you measure up, you’ll need to follow the same measurement procedure used in the study. All length measurements were made from the pubic bone to the tip of the glans on the top side of the penis. Any fat covering the pubic bone was compressed before measurement, and any additional length provided by foreskin was not counted. Circumference was measured at the base of the penis or around the middle of the shaft, as the two sites were deemed equivalent.
Small feet, small penis?
The researchers concluded that there was no strong evidence to link penis size to other physical features such as height, body mass index, or even shoe size. Yes, it seems that the only definite conclusion that can be drawn about a fellow with big socks is that he probably has big feet. Likewise, the study found no significant correlation between genital dimensions and race or ethnicity, although Veale points out that their study was not designed to probe such associations, because much of the data used were from studies of Caucasian men.
Some reports suggest that only about 55% of men are satisfied with their penis size. Some seek potentially dangerous surgical solutions to a problem that is often only in their head.
Pornography, where male performers are often selected for their extremely large genitalia, may be partly to blame. Similarly, Herbenick points to the number of spam e-mails that assert that 17.78 cm (7 inches) is average for an erection, when in reality such a member would place its owner in about the 98th percentile. It’s best to just ignore those ads in any case.