There are so many myths surrounding penis size. You can tell a man’s size by the size of his feet, or the distance from his thumb to the end of his index finger, or based on his race or ethnicity. Well a study of over 15,000 penises has come up with a few numbers and facts which should help dispel these rumours forever.
Scientists writing for the BJU International Journal of Urology wanted to create a nomogram of penis sizes, so they set about collating information from 17 different studies with a total of 15,521 men involved.
According to the study, the average penis when flaccid is 9.16 centimetres (3.6 inches) in length and has a girth of 9.31cm (3.7 inches).
As for when erect, the average penis is 13.12 centimetres (5.16 inches) and has a circumference of 11.66cm (4.6 inches).
While some men may see the chart as confirmation they are smaller than average and thus right to be ashamed, or larger than average and thus right to be proud, it’s a fairly gentle slope between 10 and 90 per cent. And, in fact, only 2.28 per cent of men have an abnormally small penis – the same percentage as those who have an abnormally large one.
“We believe these graphs will help doctors reassure the large majority of men that the size of their penis is in the normal range,” said Dr David Veale, one of the study’s authors.
The article was in-part entitled ‘Am I normal?’, and a crucial part of the study’s aim was to help men who are overly concerned with the size of their penis.
“We will also use the graphs to examine the discrepancy between what a man believes to be their position on the graph and their actual position or what they think they should be,” said Dr Veale.
A few other interesting results to come out of the study include the fact that there is no correlation between size and race or ethnicity (although the study had a larger proportion of European and Middle Eastern men involved, so this isn’t definitive), nor was their any relationship between the size of a man’s foot and the size of his genitals.
The long and short of it is, for all bar 4.5 per cent of men across the globe, there’s a fairly standard size range which could be considered normal.
The hope is that these nomograms will help men suffering from Body Dysmorphic Disorder to understand as much, as well as lead to better fitting condoms.