Men everywhere worry that their penis is smaller than it should be or that it won’t satisfy a lover. But research suggests that most men underestimate the size of their pride and joy. Men have always placed great importance on the size of their penis. Many cultures associate penis size with masculinity. Throughout the ages, it has come to symbolise qualities such as virility, fertility, strength, ability and courage.
Some men go to extreme lengths to try to increase the size of their penis. Indian mystics known as Sadhus have been known to stretch their penis from an early age by hanging weights on it, while the Topinama tribesmen of Brazil encouraged poisonous snakes to bite their penis to enlarge it. Crazy I know!
Feeling inadequate can really damage a man’s self-confidence and affect his social life. It can lead to issues from being unable to use public urinals or shared shower rooms, to avoiding intimate relationships.
Average Penis Size
There are no average length figures for teenagers because people grow at different rates. Most men’s penises are somewhere around 9cm long when not erect, but it is normal for them to be shorter or longer than this. Some things can make your penis temporarily smaller, such as swimming or being cold.
Research has found the average erect penis size varies from around 13cm to 18cm. You can not make your penis larger or smaller with exercises or medication. There is a large variation in the angle of an erect penis. Some erect penises point straight up, others straight down. Some have a slight bend to the left or right. There is no right shape. If you have a more significant bend in your penis that may cause you pain or difficulty having sex, see your GP. Sometimes, these can be symptoms of Peyronie’s disease.
Each penis is unique and boys develop at different ages and rates. During puberty, usually between the ages of 11 and 18, the penis and testicles develop more rapidly, although the penis doesn’t stop growing until the age of 21.
Regardless of actual size, many men are still unhappy with the size of their manhood. A study based on the results of an internet-based survey of more than 50,000 men and women revealed that 45% of men would like a larger penis. The report by Professor Kevan Wylie, a consultant in sexual medicine at the University of Sheffield, concluded that excessive concerns about penis size were higher among men with averagely sized penises than men with small ones.
What Women Think?
Professor Wylie’s report also found differences between what women and men think. A much higher percentage of women were satisfied with their partner’s penis size than the percentage of men who were satisfied with their own penis size. According to Professor Wylie, the issue of attractiveness to women is complex. However, most studies suggest that penis size is much lower down the list of priorities for women than such issues as a man’s personality and grooming.
Professor Wylie says: “It may come as a surprise to some young men, but most women have very little interest in the size of their penis and that has been shown in numerous studies over time.” He says research shows that when it comes to sex, women are much more interested in whether you are romantic, tender and sensitive to their needs and desires than your penis size.