Does penis size matter?

Does penis size matter?

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This is an age old question that gets asked all the time and causes anxiety for men who worry that their penis size is not satisfying their partner. Size does matter to some women, but the majority are quite happy with what they’ve got.

Recent research from UCLA and Cal State LA (2014) found that 84% of women feel “very satisfied” with their man’s penis size, 14% wished it was bigger and 25% would prefer their partner to have a smaller penis. The survey was completed by 26,437 women aged between 18-65, a self selected group, but large enough to allay concerns about demographic representation.

The survey also attracted responses from 25,594 men who were less satisfied with the size of their penis than their partner. 12% of men thought they has a small penis compared to 6% of women and 22% of men thought they had a large penis compared to 27% of women.

Penis size has been in question throughout history, but not in the way it is viewed today. During Roman times, larger penises were seen as ridiculous and smaller specimens more attractive. In Aristophane’s play “The Cloud”, one of the characters tells delinquent boys that as a punishment their penises will grow larger, but if they repent their wicked ways, their penis will remain at its current size.

During Michelangelo’s time, masculinity was viewed according to the size of the scrotum, not the penis. A large scrotum that hung low was considered more sexually potent, whereas penis were just seen as objects from which sperm was ejaculated from and nothing more.

This view point changed during the second half of the 19th century as motion pictures and photography paved the way for porn. As porn has been a masturbation tool for men with the erection being centre of attention, the penis became the main focal point in these films and photographs: the bigger, the better.

Most men consider their penis size to indicate length, but many women prefer a penis that is shorter in length but larger in girth. Penises come in all different sizes as denoted below.


The typical non erect penis is 3.5 inches long but smaller flaccid penises grow more when erect compared to larger flaccid penises.


2.5% of erections measure less than 3.8 inches, 13.5% are 3.8-4.5 inches, 68% are 4.6-6 inches, 13.5% are 6.1-6.8 inches and 2.5% are longer than 6.9 inches.

Lose weight

Slimmer men are happier with their penis than men who are overweight or obese, but this is due to penis length being buried in the abdominal fat pad surrounding the base of the shaft, making it appear shorter. When men lose weight, they often notice that their penis gets longer.

Penis Health

Using a penis pump daily, such as the Bathmate Hydromax can help to exercise your penis and improve the size of your erection, making it harder and last longer as well as preventing the onset of erectile dysfunction. It increases blood circulation to the penis and alleviates symptoms of erectile dysfunction when they occur.

Try sex toys

Wearing a cock ring, such as Je Joue Mio and non vibrating cock rings will make erections seem bigger, firmer and last longer. If they vibrate, they will stimulate the clitoris at the same time.

Whatever the size of your penis, most men can rest assured that their partner is more than happy with their manhood. It is what you do with it that matters, not how big it is: so stop worrying and start enjoying sex.