Penis Size Information

The dimensions of your flaccid penis are no indication of the size it will attain when it is erect. Nonetheless, millions of men devote a lot of time worrying about how they compare: so let's get the basic facts about size out of the way first: an average white penis is 3.9 inches long when flaccid. When erect, the average becomes 5.9 inches. And as far as girth is concerned, the average is 4.9 inches.

You can see how big this is with the aid of a piece of string. Naturally, being an average, you may fall either side of these dimensions. And there isn't anything you can do about your penis size. (Well, except to accept it for what it is and maybe grow your sexual self-confidence a little.)

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Penis structure

Needless to say, whatever your penis size, the fundamental structure and anatomy of your penis is just the same as all the others. Here's a diagram which outlines the basic facts about penile anatomy - you see the diagram is labeled "intact" anatomy - all penises with foreskins have a similar structure. We use the word intact to depict a penis the way nature intended it to be...uncircumcised.

Illustration from Intactivism. Used by permission.

The penis does have some muscle fibers inside it, although the majority of the tissue which makes up the organ is composed of spongy tissue which can fill with blood.

There are three chambers, each with the capacity to expand dramatically upon erection: blood flow increases into the penis upon erection and blood flow out of the penis is inhibited, so it expands by about three times its volume between the flaccid and the erect state. These three chambers are the corpus cavernosum and the corpus spongiosum, and they lie above and below the urethra.

The foreskin is just as variable in appearance as the penis itself: some foreskins are long and extend beyond the tip of the glans, while some foreskins are much shorter, extending perhaps only halfway down the glans. The foreskin's purpose is to aid the sliding motion of the penis in the vagina during intercourse, for reasons which are all to do with the pleasure of the man and the woman.

Surveys of women who have had sex with both circumcised and uncircumcised men show that they prefer sex with a man who has a foreskin; an unsurprising fact, since that is how nature designed the penis, and it is reasonable to assume that it would have been designed to make intercourse as pleasant an experience as possible for both the partners.

There is another function for the foreskin, though, and that is to form a seal between the penis and the walls of the vagina - this prevents a woman's natural lubrication leaking out during intercourse. This amounts to yet another way in which nature has made the interaction of the penis and the vagina as efficient and effective as possible, so ensuring the maximum amount of pleasure for the man and women during intercourse. (A necessary prelude to a couple being motivated to have sex for the purpose of reproduction.)

There is a very good graphical animation of the movement of the foreskin - used by men to masturbate if they are fortunate enough still to have a foreskin - on this site and set of helpful images to understand this process can be found here.

It is this ease of movement of masturbation which men who have been circumcised need to compensate for by use of lubricants. You can see how this might make movements of the penis in the vagina during intercourse easier.

The glans is designed to provide enough natural stimulation to the nerves of the man to provoke orgasm and ejaculation during intercourse. The nerves of the coronal ridge and the sensitive parts of the foreskin seem to be especially important parts of the nervous system's control of ejaculation, because they stimulate the reflex of ejaculation at the point when they have been subjected to the correct degree of pressure and movement during thrusting.

Pictures showing variation in penis size

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The great sense of pleasure that comes from the feeling of the penis in the vagina is one of the powerful incentives to make love in the first place. The most sensitive area of the penis and its glans is said to be just under the head, where the stringy piece of skin called the frenulum links the foreskin to the underneath of the glans. The frenulum is often removed during a circumcision. Information on the circumcised penis. It may also be missing in hypospadias. To some extent, the frenulum is thought to be responsible for providing the body with signals that it is time to ejaculate during sex.

As you may know, premature ejaculation is of course one of the major sexual dysfunctions for men all over the world. If you want to know how to stop premature ejaculation, or if you live in France and want the information in French, try these sites. Pour les informations en Français sur éjaculation prématurée ou ejaculation précoce cliquez ici.

If you have a baby boy, you should know that his foreskin is not intended to move backwards over his glans. The foreskin has adhesions between it and the glans which only naturally separate between 5 and 15 years of age. Attempted separation of the glans from the foreskin before this age - or before the adhesions have separated naturally, which does not always happen - will produce painful scarring and scar formation which later can produce an extremely insensitive glans.

These scars can form skin bridges as they heal. You can read more about that here: penis skin bridges. Also, the glans will have a tendency to develop yeast infections, for which you may choose to use some kind of traditional home remedy to cure the redness and inflammation.

Find a great Yeast Infection Home Remedy and useful information on how to cure yeast infection problems on the genitals here!

Underneath the penis, the thin skin which runs from front to back of the penis is called the raphe. It's where the penis rolled up into a tube during its development, and sealed along its length. On occasion, the process doesn't get completed properly and the penis is left incomplete in some way - usually with a minor deformity called hypospadias, where the opening of the penis is displaced backwards along the shaft. Hypospadias may be seen along with several other problems: a twisted penile shaft, a glans shaped like a flattened mushroom head, a hooded foreskin which is incomplete and covers only the dorsal half of the glans penis.

But this raises an interesting point, which is that in general sexual attraction is not a matter of appearance, it is a mater of emotional factors. Only in the most extreme cases, where, for example, men are fat and women obese, will these physical factors come into play. For men, the Adonis index is a great weight loss system - for women, the Venus factor is a good way to lose weight fast. That can assuage a woman's fear that she may not be attractive to her man!

As you will have noticed, the penis varies a lot in size between the erect and the flaccid conditions. This is due to the action of the cremaster muscle, whose fibers extend from the scrotum into the penile shaft and cause it to shrink on exposure to cold weather or fear.

The magnitude of this effect varies between men, but most men will know how the scrotum tightens up when a man is cold or fearful. The more this happens, the more likely it is that your penis does the same sort of thing. This makes a definition of average flaccid penile length pretty meaningless.

This graphic of an uncircumcised penis with the foreskin retracted shows how much of the skin is lost on circumcision. That may be why more and more men are trying to restore their foreskins. In theory, skin on the penis can gradually respond to stretching by increasing in length. Over a period of time, something resembling a can be developed - though it lacks the sensitive nerve endings of the natural foreskin, it can still protect the glans.

Stretching a new foreskin makes the penis look more natural - and it protects the sensitive skin of the glans, a mucus membrane, which was not meant to be exposed to friction. The uncircumcised penis is protected by the lining of the foreskin - another mucus membrane.

 Lacking a foreskin, the glans can become keratinized - this means it becomes rougher, harder and over-sensitive.

Many circumcised men find the discomfort of their underwear rubbing on their glans to be a major problem.  Uncircumcised men can cover the glans with foreskin to protect it when they are not masturbating or having sex. Whether or not the foreskin is involved in causing or preventing premature ejaculation is something of a mystery. Click here to enjoy better sex.

What do women think about penis size? (By a woman!)

In a world where bigger always seems to be better, and men are naturally competitive, it's no surprise that penis size features high on the list of every man's priorities. The question comes up time and again - does penis size matter? And if so, does it matter to women - or men?

Well, the first and obvious thing is that size definitely isn't everything when it comes to being a good lover!

Skill and technique count for a lot - as every woman will tell you. Even if you want to be the best, you need to have a combination of tools and techniques - and a big penis isn't enough on its own! Mind you, what's the concern here?

Is it the (mistaken) belief that a bigger penis will help you go in longer during sex, or help a woman to reach orgasm easier and quicker? Neither of those things is true, and men with large cocks may even find they suffer from erectile dysfunction more than their smaller brothers. And, I'm quite sure, not all guys will believe these comments anyway, so a bit of science is needed here. For more information on penile sensitivity and lack of sensitivity, go here.

It's all in your penis

OK, so what's the reality about size? What's actually normal among the billions of penises in the world? You may not be too surprised to hear this, because if you're interested in the subject you'll have come across this fact time and time again: a meta-review study of more than 38 penis size papers dating from 1940 tells us that the average white male penis is 5.9 inches long and inches and 4.9 inches in girth.

But what do women think? Does a large penis help a woman to get sexual pleasure? More than 50,000 heterosexual men and women were asked in one study how they rated the penis size of the man in the couple - a massive 85% of women were very happy, thank you very much, with the size of their partner's penis, but - guess what - only 55% of men felt the same way!

Doesn't that suggest the women just don't care? Most women simply have better things to do than wander around with a ruler and no wonder - it's the men who need to rethink their priorities!

So how good are you at judging penile length? Know what six inches looks like? Not to an half inch or so, I'm sure. And there's no doubt that most women haven't got that degree of discrimination either. But you might still be wondering if they can tell the difference by how a penis feels when it's inside them.....Well, the answer is "no" - at least, not unless you're under four inches long and over seven inches long.

But even so, I hear you say, does it matter? Well, does the size of your partner's breasts matter? That's the way to look at this...no, it's not crucial, though it might be nice.....but hang on, many women find it difficult to reach orgasm...so doesn't that mean a better lover with a small cock might be nicer for them than a useless lover with a large penis?

And again, the answer is a resounding yes: given the choice between big size with low skills and average size with good skills (particularly when it comes to cunnilingus), there's no contest! A good lover comes out on top of every woman's preferences.....and as for the man with the large penis and great skills, well, does he really have it all his own way? No - because some women can't accommodate a large penis, and their enjoyment of sex is definitely reduced by the discomfort.

Besides which - mouth and fingers are the best way to help a woman to orgasm. They are a very different size to the penis, yet perfectly adequate for the job! In any event, the average vagina is pretty small, and a larger-than-average penis is going to be a lot more of a problem than a smaller-than-average one.

The length of the unaroused vagina isn't much more than four inches, and even when excited it ain't going to go much longer than six inches - which kind of leaves a question mark over where the extra inches of the porn-star-endowed lover goes - she has to be really aroused, really lubed, and ready for some discomfort. the truth is this: according to a survey, 90% of women think a wide penis is better than a long one because it feels better.

So does it all matter? Well, yes, it does, because we know that self doubt about the size of the penis is critical to a man's self-esteem, and that low sexual self-esteem, and hence low sexual confidence, can produce anxiety, which is a major cause of premature ejaculation and failure to last long enough in bed.

Now, that probably gives you something else to worry about. But ask yourself, is your lover thinking about it at all? Most likely not - and that's how it should be for you too, because spending time thinking about your penis size won't give you much rest or self-confidence. (A quality which women do want in a man!) Men with larger penises may get more sex - but only because they have more confidence, and, believe it or not, confidence can be developed (even if you have a small penis!)

To really sexually fulfil your woman, find out about all the best oral sex techniques and all the sex positions and techniques which will maximize the effect of your penis size. Or lose some weight and trim your pubes to give an impression of greater size. But don't forget that you'll probably be more impressed by this than she will!

About penis size

Here are the facts about penis size:

From a survey conducted by The-penis.com in 2003 on over 1500 men, the results are as follows:

 

By racial grouping: Whites Blacks Asians Hispanic
% of the total replies coming from each of these groups 78.0 9.7 8.8 3.5
Average age of respondent 25 23 26 20
% of each racial group describing themselves as:
totally heterosexual 69.7 68.3 40.5 48.3
mostly heterosexual 16.0 14.6 25.7 24.1
bisexual 7.4 9.8 18.9 24.2
mostly gay 2.8 4.9 12.2 3.4
totally gay 4.1 2.4 2.7 0
% circumcised 64.5* 68.0 58.1 48.3
Average flaccid penis length (inches) (cm) 3.4 (8.6) 4.1 (10.4) 3.2 (8.1) 3.4 (8.6)
Average flaccid penis girth (inches) (cm) 3.9 (9.9) 4.3 (10.9) 3.9 (9.9) 3.9 (9.9)
Average erect penis length (inches) (cm) 5.9 (15.0) 6.5 (16.5) 5.4 (13.7) 5.9 (15.0)
Average erect penis girth (inches) (cm) 5.0 (12.7) 5.1 (13.0) 4.9 (12.4) 5.0 (12.7)

  Summary:

 

Erect size Average length Average girth
  Inches  Cm Inches Cm

White men

5.9 15.0 5.0 12.7
Black men 6.5 16.5 5.1 13.0
Asian men 5.4 13.7 4.9 12.4

 

Flaccid size Average length Average girth
  Inches  Cm Inches Cm

White men

3.4 8.6 3.9 9.9
Black men 4.1 10.4 4.3 10.9
Asian men 3.2 8.1 3.9 9.9

By average it means the mid point of the male size range. So half of all men have an erect penis shorter than 5.9 inches, and half have one over 5.9 inches. The full details make interesting reading. For example, 12.5% of men are less than 5 inches when erect, and about 2% are less than four inches when erect - that's 2 men in every 100, or about 2 million men in the US alone. And most of these men are married and many have kids. Conclusions? A small penis is not important - unless it's important to you. Penis size is a male issue, not a female one.

(In case you're wondering, only 7.5% of men are larger than 7 inches when erect, and only about 1 in a hundred is over 8 inches when erect.)

Complete results in detail:

With over 1,500 responses, these are the complete results of the survey for the white racial group respondents. All averages are medians:

1) Average erect penis size

Average penis length when erect = 5.9 inches

Average penis girth when erect = 5.0 inches 

Erect length

Length
(inches)

Length (cm)

% of men

Cumulative %

Up to  3.75 Up to 9.5

0.6

0.6

3.76 to 4.00

9.6 to 10.2

1.0

1.6

4.01 to 4.25

10.3 to 10.8

1.4

3.0

4.26 to 4.50

10.9 to 11.4

0.8

3.8

4.51 to 4.75

11.5 to 12.1

4.2

8.0

4.76 to 5.00

12.2 to 12.7

4.5

12.5

5.01 to 5.25

12.8 to 13.3

7.5

20.0

5.26 to 5.50

13.4 to 14.0

7.7

27.7

5.51 to 5.75

14.1 to 14.6

16.9

44.6

5.76 to 6.00

14.7 to 15.2

15.6

60.2

6.01 to 6.25

15.3 to 15.9

9.7

69.9

6.26 to 6.50

16.0 to 16.5

11.1

81.0

6.51 to 6.75

16.6 to 17.1

9.5

90.5

6.76 to 7.00

17.2 to 17.8

2.0

92.5

7.01 to 7.26 

17.9 to 18.4

1.8

94.3

7.27 to 7.50

18.5 to 19.0

2.7

97.0

7.51 to 7.75

19.1 to 19.7

0.8

97.8

7.76 to 8.00

19.8 to 20.3

1.0

98.8

8.01 to 8.25

20.4 to 21.0

0.3

99.1

8.26 to 8.50

21.1 to 21.6

0.3

99.4

8.51 to 8.75

21.7 to 22.2

0.1

99.5

8.76 or over

22.3 or over

0.5

100.0

Erect girth

Girth
(Inches)

Girth (cm)

% of men

Cumulative %

Up to 3.5

Up to 8.9

0.9 0.9
3.51 to 3.75 9.0 to 9.5 0.7 1.6
3.76 to 4.00

9.6 to 10.2

3.1 4.7
4.01 to 4.25

10.3 to 10.8

4.1 8.8
4.26 to 4.50

10.9 to 11.4

5.8 14.6
4.51 to 4.75

11.5 to 12.1

13.1 27.7
4.76 to 5.00

12.2 to 12.7

22.3 50.0
5.01 to 5.25

12.8 to 13.3

33.0 83.0
5.26 to 5.50

13.4 to 14.0

10.0 93.0

5.51 to 5.75

14.1 to 14.6

2.6

95.6

5.76 or over

14.7 or over

4.4

100.0

2) Flaccid (soft) penis size

Average penis length when flaccid = 3.4 inches

Average penis girth when flaccid = 3.9 inches

Flaccid length

Length
(inches)

Length (cm)

% of men

Cumulative %

Up to 1.00

Up to 2.5

0.2

0.2

1.01 to 1.25 2.6 to 3.2 0.4 0.6
1.26 to 1.50 3.3 to 3.8 1.4 2.0
1.51 to 1.75 3.9 to 4.4 0.9 2.9
1.76 to 2.00 4.5 to 5.1 2.0 4.9
2.01 to 2.25 5.2 to 5.7 1.2 6.1
2.26 to 2.50 5.8 to 6.4 3.5 9.6
2.51 to 2.75 6.5 to 7.0 3.5 13.1
2.76 to 3.00 7.1 to 7.6 11.8 24.9
3.01 to 3.25 7.7 to 8.3 12.2 37.1
3.26 to 3.50 8.4 to 8.9 15.1 52.2
3.51 to 3.75 9.0 to 9.5 6.0 58.2

3.76 to 4.00

9.6 to 10.2

7.3 65.5

4.01 to 4.25

10.3 to 10.8

8.0 73.5

4.26 to 4.50

10.9 to 11.4

8.3 81.8

4.51 to 4.75

11.5 to 12.1

4.1 85.9

4.76 to 5.00

12.2 to 12.7

4.7 90.6

5.01 to 5.25

12.8 to 13.3

3.6 94.2

5.26 to 5.50

13.4 to 14.0

2.1 96.3

5.51 to 5.75

14.1 to 14.6

1.2 97.5

5.76 to 6.00

14.7 to 15.2

1.3 98.8

6.01 to 6.25

15.3 to 15.9

0.6 99.4

6.26 to 6.50

16.0 to 16.5

0.2 99.6

6.51 to 6.75

16.6 to 17.1

0.1 99.7

6.76 to 7.00

17.2 to 17.8

0.1 99.8

7.01 or over 

17.8 or over

0.2 100.0
Flaccid girth

Girth
 (inches)

Girth
(cm)

% of men

Cumulative %

Up to 2.75

Up to 7.0

1.2 1.2
2.76 to 3.00 7.1 to 7.6 5.3 6.5
3.01 to 3.25 7.7 to 8.3 6.5 13.0
3.26 to 3.50 8.4 to 8.9 11.1 24.1
3.51 to 3.75 9.0 to 9.5 11.4 35.5
3.76 to 4.00

9.6 to 10.2

14.6 50.1
4.01 to 4.25

10.3 to 10.8

14.4 64.5
4.26 to 4.50

10.9 to 11.4

14.7 79.2
4.51 to 4.75

11.5 to 12.1

8.0 87.2
4.76 to 5.00

12.2 to 12.7

6.2 93.2
5.01 to 5.25

12.8 to 13.3

3.2 96.4
5.26 to 5.50

13.4 to 14.0

3.0 99.4
5.51 or over  14.0 or over 0.6 100.0