What is the average penis size? How do I measure my penis? Can I make my penis larger naturally? Does shoe size correlate to penile length and girth? These are just a few of the questions that millions of men ask the internet every day.
The question that really needs to be answered is why are men so obsessed with the size of their manhood? The answer is both simple, yet still very complex. Right or wrong, the penis plays a critical role in defining a man’s identity, his sense of masculinity, and his sexual prowess. Let's explore some of greatest myths together, so we can help men and women develop a stronger and healthier sexual relationship.
Most studies show that penis size matters more to men than their sexual partners. No kidding. Did we really need a study to figure that one out? Of course, penis length matters more to the man - it's physically attached to him! All day long he sees it, adjusts it, holds it, and touches it. When he gets in the shower, goes to the bathroom, prepares for bed, and masturbates, there it is. For a man, there’s no escaping it.
From the earliest age, men are taught to believe that virulent, strong men have giant penises. It’s what the media, movies, news, and music tell us on a daily basis. But is it true? Do most men have really large penises? Moreover, how much does it matter, and can you increase the size of your penis? Let’s explore all of these questions and more!
What is the average size penis? Do I have a normal penis? Like many of the answers to sexual health related questions, it depends. Over the years, numerous studies have been conducted on penis size. Some studies show very little correlation between race and penis length and width, while other research and evidence demonstrates the average penis size differs by region and country. The standards used to measure the penis affect the numbers. How the study was conducted and the sample size also impacts the results.
In 2014, The British Journal of Urology International (BJIU) compiled data from 17 prior studies and produced one of the most comprehensive, international studies to date on average penis size. The experts and doctors looked at many men - thousands, in fact - and took into account different body shapes and people. The research also addressed the myth that hand size, shoe size, index finger measurements, and other body part dimensions have a correlation to penis size. For the most part, there was no correlation between those factors and penile dimensions. According to the BJIU, the average length of a flaccid penis is 3.61 inches (9.17 cm), while the average length of an erect penis is 5.16 inches (13.1 cm).
Average Erect Penis Size By Country
After looking at the data, the first question that comes to mind is, how do I measure up? The BJIU study used the following procedure to measure erect member size:
Congratulations! You know you have a number that you can compare to millions of other men around the world. If I had to guess, the penis size range is probably somewhere between 3 and 8 inches (7.6 to 20.3 cm). Your measurements are probably closer to average than you thought. So, what does this all mean?
If you’re concerned about penis size, here's the good news. Most women prefer that their partners have average size penises. It's simply a myth that women prefer large penis sizes all the time. According to another recent comprehensive study, when presented with different size plastic penises, women overwhelmingly chose the one that was 5 inches long. In fact, when asked, most women said they were satisfied with their partner.
Even more interesting, women care more about the general cosmetic appearance of the penis. Moreover, according to the same study, women care more about pubic grooming, penile skin condition, and other body parts than they do about length and girth.
Let’s address another important topic that is often misunderstood when talking about penis size. The micropenis. It’s a term that’s often used to make fun of men. It goes something like this, “I’m glad we’re no longer together . . . he has a micropenis anyway.” Translation: he has a small dick. As we all know, it’s just about the easiest and worst thing someone can say publicly about a guy. What kind of person says this, and how do you defend yourself against that charge without ending up on the registered sex offenders list? But I digress. So, is it an accurate charge? Most likely not.
Micropenis isn’t just a “small willy,” as the disgruntled ex-partner would like the world to believe. A micropenis is less than 3 inches erect (7.6 cm), and chances are you don't have one. Only 0.6 percent of men suffer from micropenis, which is clinically defined as a penis with an average length of 2.75 inches (7.0 cm) fully erect. The micropenis or microphallus is a medical condition, usually diagnosed by your doctor at birth. It's typically caused when the infant’s body fails to produce enough androgen. Androgen is a powerful hormone that plays an important role in penile development. Micropenises are often treated with either hormone therapy as a child or surgery later in life. You can learn here more about the micropenis and the prevailing treatments, including penis enlargement surgery.
Are you a grower or a shower? Meaning, does your penis dramatically expand from its flaccid position when erect? Did you know there’s actually a definition for men who are “growers” vs. men who are “showers”? According to the International Journal of Impotence Research a grower is defined as a man who’s penile length is more than 1.5 inches (3.8 cm) longer erect than it is flaccid. A man is a shower when the difference is less than 1.5 inches (3.8 cm). Ok, but does this actually matter? You bet it does, especially for the grower! Interestingly, this is a hotly debated topic, with many medical professionals claiming it really doesn’t exist as a medical condition.
We know what you are thinking. We get it. Do you still want to know if there is any way to make it bigger naturally? Other than surgery, which can be expensive, complicated, and dangerous, there is no simple way to dramatically increase penis size. That being said, there is good news. Here are five ways to naturally improve the dimensions of your manhood and your sexual performance:
Achieve your full potential. Simply put, the more blood you push into your penis, the harder and bigger it gets. Your pelvic muscles are responsible for creating rigid, longer-lasting, and fuller erections. Most men know almost nothing about the pelvic muscles, the role they play in creating and maintaining erections, and how to strengthen them. Check out our page on with info about how to exercise your pelvic muscles.
If stronger pelvic muscles don’t help you achieve a fuller erection, try a medical-grade vacuum erection device. But, don’t confuse these with cheap, store-bought penis pumps. Medical-grade vacuum erection devices are clinically proven to help expand the capillaries in the penis. When used in combination with an FDA approved constriction ring, some men have seen significant results.
Prepare for sex. Train for the bedroom. Bigger and longer-lasting erections require healthy strong blood flow to the penis. Improve your circulatory system by maintaining healthy body weight, exercising regularly, and taking sexual health supplements. Moreover, try not to smoke or drink too much alcohol. Both of these diminish blood flow to the penis and harm erectile function.
A well-groomed member looks good. It’s more attractive to your partner. But most importantly, carefully trimmed pubic hair can make your penis appear larger and longer. But beware, shaving your penis and testicles completely can have the opposite effect. Removing all your pubic hair can make your penis look pre-pubescent.
Finally, avoid over-the-counter supplements that claim to enhance the size of penises. These products don’t work. And they can be very dangerous. Just like there is no herbal supplement that can make you taller, there is no over-the-counter pill that can make your manhood larger. Don't believe us? Just ask any doctor.
It could take centuries - if it's even possible at all - to convince men that penis size shouldn’t define sense of identity and manhood. We need to get rid of "Locker Room Syndrome" of "Penis Syndrome" and stop comparing ourselves to other people. Good sexual identity and performance is determined by more than just size. Improve your body naturally. Learn what satisfies your partner. And, while there are steps you can take to safely and naturally help you achieve a fuller and thicker penis, the best thing is to focus on improving your overall sexual performance and health.
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