The sad truth is that most of us are very poorly educated about sexuality despite the plethora of media attention on it.
One of the questions men (and women) often ask about is penis size. Most males, at some time in their lives, worry about whether they are “big enough.” Many women wonder whether bigger is better.
- The average penis ranges from five to six inches in length when erect.
- The penis averages three to four inches in length when flaccid, or non-erect.
- Contrary to popular belief, penis length is not closely related to height.
In a study of over three hundred flaccid penises, the largest was 5.5 inches long and belonged to a 5’7-inch tall man. The smallest nonerect penis was 2.25 inches long and attached to a stocky 5’1-inch tall man.
Does size really matter to women?
If a woman enjoys having her cervix stimulated during sexual intercourse, then size can matter. For most women, it is going to take a good five or six inches in length to reach the cervix when a woman is sexually aroused.
When people talk about penis size, they are usually referring to penis length. But according to one study, penis width may be more important in determining if a potential mate “measures up.”
In a recent study, experts asked fifty sexually active university women whether penis length or penis width was more important for their sexual satisfaction. A surprising 45 out of 50 women said that width was more important. Only five said length felt better and none said they were unable to tell the difference.
Why is wider better? A wider penis could provide greater clitoral stimulation during sexual intercourse as well as more stimulation of the outer, most sensitive portion of the vagina.
The sex researchers have concluded that size of the male penis can have no true physiological effect on female sexual satisfaction. They base this conclusion on their physiological studies that show that the vagina adapts to fit the size of the penis. Because of this vaginal adaptation, they refer to the vagina as a potential space rather than an actual space.
Thus, despite the worries of many males, any size penis will fit and provide adequate sexual stimulation to the female. The present study was conducted to see if female college students would report their sexual satisfaction related to penis length, width or neither.
Experts do not totally rule out penis size being relevant, but they suggest that it is likely of minor importance for female sexual satisfaction. However, the current data cannot provide a final answer, since they are based on self-reports of women surveyed about penis length versus width and their sexual satisfaction.