Penis Size Information
The number one concern of many men is whether their penis matches up to the average size and shape of the adult penis.
Why? Well, it's a fact that men can agonize and worry about penis size -- of course, meaning that they think their penis is too small. The truth is that what you have is nearly always good enough, and it's what you do with it that makes it a tool for giving great pleasure to both you and your sexual partners.
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However, the anxiety you feel around penis size may lead you to perform poorly in bed, perhaps with sexual dysfunctions such as the ever present curse of premature ejaculation and the less well known but almost as common (and somewhat unusual) male sexual dysfunction known as delayed ejaculation.
Porn is criticized for many reasons, but one of them is particularly relevant to this discussion of penis size perceptions: so-called actors in so-called adult movies are in fact usually hugely endowed with an abnormal sexual capacity.
What you see on the screen is not like real life, and it's not necessary for you to try and live up to those images. Indeed, the only thing that matters about penis size is whether your size satisfies you and your partner.
The truth is sexual enjoyment and sexual pleasure matter most. And indeed, worries about penis size may cause men to actually develop premature ejaculation.
Now cause I know these are easy things to say, because men are very competitive around penis size, and it does indeed occupy a great deal of our time and energy. So to try and introduce a little bit more objectivity into this debate, here are some simple facts that you may not know. It's much more important to overcome premature ejaculation and be a good lover than a big-dicked stud.
First of all, it is true that there are differences between races, so that black men do tend to have larger penises than white men, who in turn tend to have larger penises than Asian men. But it's also true that what you see in the locker room is not necessarily related in any way to the size and shape of a man's erection.
If all that matters is the size of the sexual organ that's you present to a sexual partner, then logically, penis size in the locker room is a matter of complete irrelevance.
And yet of course, we know it's not: which does imply that a massive amount of the debate around penis size, not to mention the feelings of inferiority that can be engendered in a man who feels his penis is less than average size, is about some kind of competitive force between men.
It is an extraordinary fact that in our "civilized" society, penis size should be a factor of such major importance.
It's also ironic that not only is flaccid penis size unrelated to erection size, it's actually affected by the temperature of the air or water, the degree of sexual stimulation you're feeling, and how much fat a man has on his body just above his penis.
But despite this, we know that men are absorbed in the question of penis size, and so it is interesting to discover what the average size of the adult male penis actually is.
The trouble is that when you do a survey in which men are asked to measure their own penises, they tend to respond with data which shows the average size as being an inch greater than is actually the case!
To get a reliable estimation of penis size you have to turn to surveys that have been done by medical professionals, and perhaps unsurprisingly, there are not many of those around.
The most reliable of them indicate that the average length of the penis along the upper surface is 5.9 inches, with a girth or circumference of 4.9 inches.
Since this is an average size it will occur to you that roughly half of the male members of the the human race are above this and roughly half are below it. Therefore if you see yourself as being below average size, you're definitely not alone!
Unfortunately you may wish for a bigger penis, and spend emotional energy agonizing over your perceived size or trying to find some way of making your cock bigger, rather than directing your energy and time to accepting yourself as you are.
Nothing shows this more clearly than the huge amount of propaganda that's been devoted to traction devices, pills, lotions, and exercises that are alleged to enlarge the penis.
Let me emphasize again that success in intercourse, or indeed in any sexual interaction with another person, is not about size of your penis: it's actually about matters such as mutual understanding, intimacy, respect, love and communication.
Even so, you may feel that you still want to investigate the possibility of enlarging your penis. The harsh reality that you're going to have to face is that there is actually no way that you can enlarge your penis.
There are no pills which will make it bigger -- I think you'd be incredibly na´ve if you believed that anyway. Exercises which involve pulling on the semi-erect penis have to be done so vigorously and so harshly to produce any increase in size that you risk serious damage to the internal structure of the penis (possibly causing Peyronie's disease).
And finally, surgical operations which have been touted as a reliable way to increase the length and girth of the erect penis carry significant risks: to start with, the nerves that supply all sensation to the penis lie directly under the tissues which are cut in a penile lengthening operation, which means that if you opt for surgery to lengthen the penis you risk ending up with a penis that's neither capable of becoming erect nor capable of giving you any sexual pleasure.
Indeed, even when these two dangers are avoided, it's common for the penis to shrink further after the operation and appear shorter than before, due to scar tissue formation.
As for thickening the penis, the usual method is to take fat from under the skin of other parts of the body and inject it around the penis. This is unstable, and the fat will be reabsorbed fairly rapidly, giving an unpleasant appearance to the penis, and a negligible increase in size, after a few months.
Lumps, bumps and other problems
If you have a lump in the skin of your penis, fear not! Such lumps are almost always benign, and can occur anywhere in the body.
They include cysts, like lipomas, pimples and moles. More significant than any of these are swellings on a small vein on the penile surface, due to trauma caused by vigorous sex.
These contusions heal spontaneously after a few days, but treat your penis carefully if you have prominent veins to avoid any possible damage during intercourse.
Circumcision and the penis
One of the most common queries of all is about little white pinpoint spots on the penile skin, which are known as Fordyce spots. White pearly lumps on the edge of the penile glans are called pearly penile papules, and are extremely common. A urologist can remove them with cryogenic techniques.
Another common penile problem is a curve in the penis when it becomes erect. You can see from the penis size statistics on this site that a bend in the penis is actually extremely common. It's only a problem when a boy is born with a significant bend in his penis, or when a man's penis is injured during intercourse and then forms a curve which is too severe for intercourse take place.
Penile surgery for bends is now sophisticated, so it is possible to deal with Peyronie's disease with a surgical solution, but if you are going down this road please make sure that the surgeon you choose is an expert in this area.
Peyronie's disease is caused by scarring in the elastic wall and spongiform tissue of the internal chambers, the Corpora, of the penis. It's not know why this happens, although it's almost certainly to do with a series of minor injuries, and sometimes a single major injury, in which the erect penis has been bent back or twisted sharply.
One of the most common causes of trauma to the penis is woman on top sex positions, when the woman rises too high up while riding an erect penis, which then slips out of her vagina, before she lands on it as she descends.
Indeed, this trauma can be so severe that it leads to a
condition known as penile fracture; this is nothing to do with breaking a
bone, as you might expect; it's actually a tear in the tunica albuginea inside
the penis. Penile fracture is an extremely painful problem, and requires
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Although Peyronie's disease can stabilize, and sometimes even improve with time, this can be a lengthy process -- up to two years.
Nonetheless, it may be useful waiting for a while because the treatments that have been developed for Peyronie's disease, including vitamin E, Potaba, steroids, ultrasound, and surgery, all seem to have a variable success rate.
The most common operation for Peyronie's
disease is the Nesbitt procedure, in which the bend of the penis is reduced by
removing a piece out of the wall of the corpora opposite the scar. This will
straighten the penis, but will resort a shortening of the penis and possibly a
loss of sensation.
It's a misconception that young boys have phimosis because the penile glans normally adheres to the foreskin until a boy is about six years old. Before this, forcible retraction of the foreskin must be avoided, since it can result in scar tissue formation and an oversensitive glans.
If the foreskin is genuinely non-retractable at puberty it tends to be because the opening of the foreskin is narrow; this can be dealt with using steroid treatment as described on this website: www.the-penis-website.com