Average penis length is revealed in new study
Men everywhere worry that their penis is smaller than it should be or that it won’t satisfy a lover. But research suggests that most men underestimate the size of their pride and joy. It is a question that continues to baffle many men: what is the average penis size? Now, a new study published in the journal BJU International claims to have found the answer.
Dr. David Veale, of King’s College London and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust in the UK, and colleagues say their findings may help health care providers counsel men who approach them with worries about their penis size – known as “small penis anxiety” or “small penis syndrome.”
“Men may present to urologists or sexual medicine clinics with a concern with their penis size, despite their size falling within a normal range,” the authors note.
Nomograms reveal average erect penis length 5.16 inches
The team reviewed 17 studies of penile size measurements involving up to 15,521 men aged 17 and older. Using standard procedures, all men had the length and circumference, or girth, of their penis measured by health professionals while it was flaccid and erect.
All data from the studies were combined to create nomograms that depict the average penis length and girth.
The results of the nomograms revealed that the average length of a flaccid penis was 9.16 cm (3.6 inches) and 13.24 cm (5.21 inches) when stretched. When erect, the average penis length was 13.12 cm (5.16 inches). The researchers identified a small correlation between height and erect penis length.
The average penis girth was 9.31 cm (3.66 inches) when flaccid and 11.66 cm (4.59 inches) when erect.
Dr. Veale adds: “We believe these graphs will help doctors reassure the large majority of men that the size of their penis is in the normal range. We will also use the graphs to examine the discrepancy between what a man believes to be their position on the graph and their actual position or what they think they should be.”
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