What’s the average penis size?

For many men, the length and girth of their reproductive organ is not a joking matter. Insecurity about penis size may be normal, but it can negatively affect a man’s self-esteem as well as their relationships. Many men worry that their member is either too small or isn’t big enough to satisfy their partner. The situation is made even worse by many cultures that associate penis size with masculinity, relating penis size to characteristics such as strength, virility and ‘manliness.’ What’s more, companies have been advertising all manner of pills and other products claiming that they can enlarge a penis, further cementing the belief that bigger is better.

Men and women I must add have been looking for the same answer; what size is the average penis? By the time you are done reading this article, you will have a clear idea and probably be assured that your member has a perfectly normal size.

The abundance and easy access to online porn has played a big part in perpetuating the bigger is better myth with performers often selected for their enormous genitalia. It has led to an increase in the number of aggressive marketing companies promising a bigger and thicker penis through the use of extenders and enlargers and in the process, the truth regarding what is normal has been obscured. Today we will separate the facts from the myths.

The average penis size

According to research, the average length of a penis that’s not erect is between 7 to 10 centimeters (2.8 to 3.9 inches) long, although it could still be shorter or longer. Some situations can make the penis smaller, for instance, swimming or being in a cold room. On the other hand, flaccid circumference or girth average ranges from 9 to 10 centimeters (3.5 to 3.9 inches).

An erect penis, on the other hand, can vary from 13cm to 18cm (5in to 7in). Erect circumference is around 12 centimeters (4.7 inches). A research conducted by doctors and published in the Journal of Urology studied the penis sizes of 80 “physically normal” men concentrating on penile dimensions before and after drug-induced erections. After finding the aforementioned average length, the doctors concluded: “Only men with a flaccid length of less than 4 centimeters [1.6 inches], or a stretched or erect length of less than 7.5 centimeters [3 inches] should be considered candidates for penile lengthening.”

The study also found that the size of man’s erect penis has no relation to the size of his flaccid cock. Additionally, age doesn’t play any role in penis size. Should you want to know the exact length of your penis, press a ruler into the groin and measure from the base of the penis to the tip. As for penis girth, wrap a measuring tape around the widest part of the penis. Remember you have to do this while erect since flaccid length is not a predictor of erect length. Also, any additional length provided by foreskin should not be considered.

Men still unsatisfied

Regardless of their penis’ actual size, many men are still not satisfied. Some reports suggest that only about 55% of men are satisfied with their penis size. Some resort to complicated and some dangerous surgical procedures to solve a problem that largely exists in their head. Men seem to have a distorted picture of what size other men are and the size they think should be. Ironically, excessive concerns about penis size are higher among men with an average penis than those with small ones, and they are the most likely to resort to penis enlargement procedures.

What do women think?

With a majority of men worried about their penis size, it is interesting to note that a far higher number of women (85%) are satisfied by their partner’s size. While this may come as a big surprise to many young men, the penis size is not high in the list of a woman’s priorities compared to other issues like personality and grooming. When it comes to sex, believe it or not, women are more interested with whether you are romantic and sensitive to their needs and desires than the size of your penis. Attractiveness is a complex subject as far as women are concerned.

According to a study of 50 sexually active undergraduate women, a large majority — 9 out of 10 of the women — said that penis width was more important to sexual satisfaction than penis length. Another interesting fact is women prefer men with a smaller penis circumference and length when it comes to long-term partners (length of 6.3 inches and a girth of 4.8 inches.) but prefer slightly bigger penises when it comes to one night stands (length of 6.4 inches and a circumference of 5.0 inches.). Let’s all agree that women have a more reliable perception in that regard, shall we?


If you were worried about your penis size, the above information should provide some much-needed relief. Should you still be worried, then you should consider counseling which has proven beneficial to men with penis anxiety. Not only will that correct distorted information regarding penis size, but it will also help you build your self-confidence and help you overcome fears regarding relationships.

If you are satisfied with the size of your member, congratulations. You make 45% of men content with their penis size.

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