Does penis size really matter? A guide – News Block

By the ASTROGLIDE team

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your guide to penis size

Why are we so obsessed with penis size? Penis size has been a topic of interest and focus in pop culture for decades. This can relate to things like inaccurate depictions of sex in pornography, references in movies or television, and more. Did you know that the average penis size is actually growing over time? According to a recent study published in the World Journal of Men’s Health, the average length of the erect penis has increased by 24% in the last three decades between 1992 (when the first erect lengths were recorded) and 2021. So, let’s get to work. . Does penis size really matter? We consulted our bank of experts in sex and sexual health to help better answer the question. Consider this your guide to everything related to penis size.

Spoiler alert: the size of your penis is NOT a yardstick for your masculinity, your value to a partner, or your ability to please.

A Clue study found that heterosexual and bisexual women prefer a penis that is approximately 5.5 inches. Gay and bisexual men also tend to prefer a similar average size, although it varies by gender. In fact, size probably matters less than you already think. Read on to find out why, and explore the topic a little deeper.

What is the average penis size?

Speaking of size, let’s take a look at what is considered average in terms of penis size. The average erect penis is around 5.2 inches long with a 4.6 inch circumference. According to our resident sex researcher, Dr. Justin Lehmiller, penis sizes that fall in this range are usually pretty standard. A study of more than 15,000 penises in the British Journal of Urology International found that “for the most part, penis sizes seemed to fall within a fairly narrow range. Men in the 50th percentile (ie, those right in the middle of the distribution) had an erect penis of approximately 5.2 inches and a girth of 4.6 inches. For men in the 25th percentile, each dimension was about one centimeter less, while for men in the 75th percentile, each dimension was about one centimeter more. While we can see “averages” throughout the day, it’s important to note that whatever you’re working on, you don’t need to worry. You are perfectly normal. Statistically speaking, Dr. Justin explains that, “Overall, this study tells us that the largest is it’s actually better for some women, but most don’t think it makes any difference in terms of their sexual pleasure. This is consistent with other research indicating that the vast majority of heterosexual women in relationships (85%) do not report complaints about the size of their partners’ genitals.”

how to measure your penis

Is there any scientific truth about shoe size = penis size?

At some point in your life, you may have heard someone say, “Well, you know what they say about men with big feet…” When it comes to estimating penis size, we’ve all heard the old myth. that having big feet means that the person has a large set of family jewelry. However, that is not exactly the case. We asked our resident sexual health consultant and urologist, Dr. Josh Gonzalez, if this was true or not. Dr. Josh says that “the alleged association between penile length and shoe size has no scientific basis.” While the large feet correlation may lack scientific basis, research suggests that height may have a relatively constant relationship with penis size, such that taller men tend to have longer penises. In general though, it usually just depends on the person. Now that you know some facts about sizing, let’s take a look at how to actually measure your penis, according to an expert.

How do you measure your penis?

What do you use to measure it? Flaccid or erect? Length or thickness? To help answer these questions, Dr. Josh shared some tips and advice: There are many ways to measure your penis, but I generally recommend patients measure its erect length and girth, which tend to be static, compared to its flaccid size, which can be more variable. When you are fully aroused/erect, you can use a tape measure (usually the type used to take clothing measurements, not the stiffer type) from the base of the penis to the tip. If you place your thumb on your pubic bone near the base and stretch the tape measure to the tip of your glans, you should get a fairly accurate measurement of your erect length. Similarly, you can wrap the smooth tape measure around the widest part of your shaft to calculate your erect girth. Remember: when it comes to girth, many penises can have different measurements along their shaft. Learning how to measure your penis correctly is important for a number of reasons, including the fact that knowing your size helps ensure that you buy condoms that are the right size and fit properly. This prevents possible discomfort or even the condom slipping off during intercourse. Once you know your size, check out our guide to choosing the right size condom.

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We also want to point out that if your measurements are outside of the average range, there is no need to worry. “Medically, there is generally no cause for concern if you fall below or above the average penis size curve,” says Dr. Josh. “Sometimes very small and very large penises can make penetrative sex challenging, especially in certain positions. But these issues can sometimes be addressed with a little patience and a willingness to try new ways of having sex.” Check out Dr. Josh, “aka Dick Doc” on Instagram and TikTok for more tips and facts on penises and sexual health.

Does penis size affect sex?

What would an ASTROGLIDE blog be without talking about sex?! Obviously, a partner can notice the size of his penis during sex, but it doesn’t determine if he can have good sex. It is also not true that you need a big penis to fully please your partner in the bedroom. Our resident sexologist, Dr. Jess O’Reilly, agrees that ‘bigger = better’ is a total myth and that “penises of all sizes move and are worthy of love and pleasure.” Dr. Jess continues: “Do some people prefer a longer penis? Sure. Do some people prefer a shorter penis? Absolutely. The same goes for the circumference. Size is a matter of fit. Larger shoes on a smaller foot will not fit. The same applies to penises. Please don’t worry about its size. Your size does not determine your pleasure or that of your partner.”

If your penis is “too big” or “too small,” you can always make adjustments (eg, angle, technique, or position) when penetrating to find the right fit. There is much more to sex than vaginal or anal penetration. You can give and receive pleasure and orgasms through other options such as sexual intercourse. Sexual intercourse includes many acts of intimacy, according to, including (but not limited to):

  • petting
  • kissing
  • massages
  • mutual masturbation
  • Rubbing the genitals while naked
  • Sexual simulation in which the penis is placed between the partner’s breasts, buttocks, or thighs
  • Sexual rubbing while clothed
  • Speaking of sexual fantasies.
  • For people with penises that are on the smaller end of the scale, if you want to make some changes during penetrative sex, consider some of these tips:
  • Going From Behind – A position like Doggy Style offers deeper penetration.
  • Use accessories: Place pillows under your partner for support, if you prefer a more “full” feeling.
  • Extend Foreplay: Spending time building arousal is a great way to extend pleasure and possibly lead to more intense orgasms.
  • On the other end of the spectrum, for people with penises that are on the larger end of the scale, here are some things to consider:
  • Use a lubricant: Check out our guide to introducing lubricant in the bedroom.
  • Adjust positions: Try a side-to-side sex position to allow for more shallow thrusting (like spooning).
  • Change the focus to G-spot (in the vagina) or P-spot (in the anus) stimulation – this can be done by using your fingers or a sex toy for stimulation.

Main point

So does size matter? Well, technically, that answer depends on who’s asking. But in general, the short answer is no. The cultural notion that bigger is better is simply not true. If there is anything you take away from reading this, please know that Penis size in no way defines who you are or the amount of pleasure you can give and receive..

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