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Average Penis Size and Length Chart

Author: SexualDiversity.Org
Published: 12th Jun 2014 - Updated: 12th Jun 2022
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Summary: Information on the size of the average human male penis including how to properly measure your penis length.


The human penis is an external male organ that additionally serves as the urinal duct. The main parts are the root (radix), the body (corpus), and the epithelium of the penis, including the shaft skin and the foreskin (prepuce) covering the glans penis. The body of the penis comprises three columns of tissue: two corpora cavernosa on the dorsal side and corpus spongiosum between them on the ventral side. The urethra traverses the corpus spongiosum, and its opening, the meatus, lies on the tip of the glans penis. It is a passage both for urination and ejaculation of semen.

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Man has always placed great importance on the size of his penis. Many cultures associate penis size with masculinity. Throughout the ages, the human male penis has come to symbolize qualities such as virility, fertility, strength, ability, and courage...

Most men's view about their penis is formed during childhood. Growing up, they may see the penis of an older brother, friend, or father and mentally compare this to their own.

Fears and anxiety about penis size may also arise after taunts from other people during adolescence or following remarks from a sexual partner.

What is the Average Penis Size?

A statistically significant correlation between penis size and the size of other body parts, such as feet, fingers, thumb, nose, etc., has not been found in research. In one study, Siminoski, and Bain (1993), found a weak correlation between the size of the stretched penis and foot size and height; however, it was too weak to be used as a practical estimator.

*The measurements are based on a review of 50 studies on penis size conducted since 1942, which between them, have measured 11,531 penises.

Key Points Regarding Average Penis Size:

*Weight gain is common as men grow older. As fat accumulates on the lower abdomen, the apparent size of the penis changes.

How Do I Measure My Penis Length?

Use our penis size chart above to measure your length, or use a ruler (running along the top of your penis) to measure from the base of the penis, i.e., where the shaft meets the body, to the tip or knob of your penis.

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Fig 1. The diagram shows average male penis sizes.Fig 1. The diagram shows average male penis sizes.


How Do I Measure My Penis Circumference?

Worlds Biggest/Longest Penis - Was it John Holmes?

John Holmes's penis was 12 inches long when erect and 8 1/2' when limp. The world record penis length is 13 1/2 inches long and a massive 6 1/4 inch circumference.

Am I Normal? Flaccid and Erect Penis Lengths:

A new analysis provides insights on what's considered "normal" for penis length and circumference in men. The findings in BJU International may be helpful when counseling men who are worried about their size or when investigating the relationship between condom failure and penile dimensions.

Some men are concerned about their penis size, and those who are preoccupied and severely distressed with the size of their penis may even be diagnosed with Body Dysmorphic Disorder. There have been no formal systematic reviews of penile size measurements and no attempts to create a graphical diagram, or nomogram, that depicts the size distribution of a flaccid or erect penis.

Dr. David Veale of King's College London and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, and his colleague from King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, set out to create such a nomogram of male penis size measurements across all ages and races.

A medical literature search revealed 17 studies with up to 15,521 males who underwent penis size measurements by health professionals using a standard procedure.

(There was a small correlation between erect length and male height.)

Do women Prefer a Big Penis?

We are built to enjoy sex; generally speaking, there are very few individuals whose dimensions prevent them from enjoying sex with their chosen partner.

A 2013 study suggested that while women may be more attracted to men with larger penises (particularly if they're also tall and fit), interest starts to taper off when a penis measures more than 7.6 centimeters in its flaccid state. But other studies cited in the video found that gay men show marked preferences for larger penises. Gay men's penises are, on average, a third of an inch longer. This may be a sign of intelligent design as men's mouths are also, on average, larger than women's.

A study of female preferences showed their idea of ideal penis size is between 7.25-8.25 inches in length and 6.25-6.5 inches in circumference. Anything less than 5inches in length is deemed "not satisfying." The same can be said for penises with circumferences under 4.5 inches or more than 7.5 inches.

*When men and women are asked what makes good sex, they rate tenderness, consideration, and foreplay above your penis size.

Does One Size Condom Fit All Penises?

Fortunately, condoms are not the same size and shape.

Counselling has proven beneficial for men with penis anxiety. Therapy helps patients identify and correct any distorted views about their penis, build self-confidence and overcome fears about sexual relationships.


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