Penis Size: After Measuring 15,000 Penises, Scientists Determine The Long And Short Of It

Most men, at some point, have wondered if their penis is of average size, or if it’s “less” than normal — and many would shudder at the mere thought of having this worry uttered aloud. But now, thanks to a team of British scientists who sought to put this enduring question to rest by measuring 15,000 penises, the “normal” penis size has finally been determined.

In an erect state, the average penis measures at 5.16 inches (13.12 cm) in length and 4.6 inches (11.66 cm). And in a flaccid state, it’s measured at 3.6 inches (9.16cm) in length with a girth of 3.7 inches (9.31cm).

The study was published in the BJU International journal of urology, and according to the researchers, these findings should help to “reassure the large majority of men that the size of their penis is in the normal range.”

The Guardian notes that the scientists had accumulated the data from studies where the participants’ penis was measured by a professional. The information gathered was then used to devise a chart, which specialists could use when counselling men with “small penis anxiety.”

Average penis size
Graph for flaccid, flaccid stretched and erect length of the penis. Illustration: Veale et al. 2014

In a worst case scenario, some men become “preoccupied and severely depressed” with the size of their penis and end up being diagnosed with body dysmorphic disorder, which is a debilitating mental condition that can lead to obsessive and anti-social behavior, depression, and even suicide. Though in actuality, only 2.28 percent of the male population have an abnormally small penis – with the same being the case for unusually large ones.

Participants of the study were men aged 17 to 91 who had previously been measured in 20 published studies conducted in Asia, Europe, Africa, and the United States.

In the analysis, there was no evidence found by the researchers to stipulate that the size of a man’s penis is determined by his race, although most participants of the study had European and Middle Eastern lineage so a full comparison could not have been made. Furthermore, the scientists did not find a plausible link between the size of a man’s foot and the length of his member.

In the end, the researchers acknowledge that their findings may be somewhat dubious, as some volunteers from across the different studies might have only partaken in the analysis because they were more confident about the size of their penis than the general population.

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