The average size is what now?
How much do we really know about the penis? As much as we all take pride in this (sometimes) little package, many women and men alike don't really know all that much about it.
Most people understand the penis’s role during sex, but for all the praise and attention men seek when it comes to declaring that their penis is better than any other on the planet, they often know shockingly little about their own anatomy.
You’d think that understanding all there is to know about their favorite organ would be top of most guys' to-do lists, but unfortunately, that’s not the case for many.
And while ignorance can be bliss, knowledge — especially about that oh-so-favored of body parts — is most definitely power.
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For instance, take a look at these two little known facts:
Considering how important a penis can be to a man’s confidence and his self-esteem, it's unfortunate that so many men believe their capacity for how well they can perform in bed depends almost solely on their penis size.
While this may not seem entirely fair, it turns out that size can be a predictor of some matters related to sex, including a woman's ability to have orgasms during penetration. So maybe the idea of being a "size queen" might have some logic to it.
Men and women alike often debate whether or not penis size matters, and it’s no secret that the penis was developed for both baby-making and having a damn good time. But there are a lot of things many of us don’t know about phalluses, so prepare to be better informed.
Here are 10 facts you probably didn't know about the size of a man's penis:
1. There is a proper way to measure a penis.
The correct way to measure a penis for accurate length — a measurement referred to by urologists as Bone Pressed Erect Length (BPEL). BPEL and Bone Pressed Flaccid Length (BPFL) — is to place a ruler or measuring tape on the top side of the penis, pressing the base of the ruler firmly toward the pubic bone and extending it from there down to the tip of the head.
To measure girth, "all you really need is a piece of string/a shoelace/some al dente pappardelle to wrap around the penis shaft at the widest point then measure with your trusty ruler. If the glans happens to be the widest point, sorry; that doesn’t count."
2. People actually compare penises to dollar bills.
There is a clever way to compare your man's penis to a dollar bill if you don't want to whip out a measuring tape. If your guy has an average penis, it will be smaller than the dollar bill, which measures 6 1/8 inches. If his penis comes to the end of the word "one" on the front, he is 5 inches. If it lands on the first "A" in America, he is 4 inches.
I don't know about you, I may may never look at dollar bills the same.
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3. The average penis is not as big as people say it is.
You know you shouldn't care, but since you're probably curious, a study published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine reveals that, when erect, the average penis is 5.6 inches long and 4.8 inches in circumference.
4. Men may not really be such huge liars, though.
It turns out that the way a man achieves an erection before measuring his penis can affect his results.
According to LiveScience, the same study "found that men using certain methods to achieve an erection were larger on average than others. Men who became aroused using oral sex reported a larger penis size than those who became aroused through self-stimulation."
Only 15 percent of men have penises measuring more than 7 inches long, and only 3 percent measure over 8 inches. But that doesn't mean that huge penises don't exist, they absolutely do.
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5. The biggest and smallest penises ever recorded are quite impressive.
The smallest recorded human penis measured 0.30 inches (one centimeter), while the largest measured 13.5 inches in length and 6.25 inches in girth.
In comparison, the blue whale's penis is the largest in the animal kingdom, averaging 7 feet 10 inches long and about one foot in diameter.
And after his big photo scandal, we now know where Justin Bieber's penis falls on this scale ...
6. Small penises generally are not considered a medical concern.
Penis size is only a concern if shorter than 1.4 inches at birth and 3 2/3 inches in adult males. Penises this size are known as micropenises. According to Cleveland Clinic, "Estimates vary, but studies indicate 0.6 percent of men worldwide have the condition."
In such instances, hormone treatment may be prescribed, and surgical reconstruction, known as phalloplasty, is possible. This surgery, however, can be risky, complicated and painful.
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7. Gay men tend to be bigger (yes, really).
Researchers at the Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction found that gay men's penises are, on average, a third of an inch longer than those of hetero men.
8. There is a way to make your penis look bigger.
The best way to increase the perceived size of your penis size is by losing belly fat. Makes perfect sense!
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9. The key to knowing how big a man's penis is might be in the fingers.
Researchers at Gachon University in Korea discovered that the difference in length between a man's ring finger and index finger indicated the length of a penis. So the longer the ring finger is compared to the index finger, the bigger the penis.
10. Scientists spend a lot of time trying to figure out how big a man's penis is without looking at it.
Scientists have tried to connect the size of men's penises to the size of their feet, noses, thumbs, and earlobes.
One study even looked for a connection between flat buttocks and long penises. One tribe in Nigeria believed this to be the case, but scientists later determined the opposite, if anything, is more likely to be true.
We could go back to having men wear tights, but they would probably just stuff their codpieces.
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Linda Sivertsen, aka BookMama, is the author of two New York Times bestselling books, host of the Beautiful Writers Podcast, founder of the Carmel Writing Retreats, and creator of the The Boyfriend Log app.
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