What's the Proper Way to Measure Your Penis?
What's the proper way to measure your penis? The internet is full of articles about it, but what does science have to say about it? In this article, we'll look at some common myths about measuring penis length and find out if there's any benefit to doing so.
Average penis size
Some places report that the average penis is 3.5 to 5.5 inches long when flaccid and between 5 and 7 inches long when erect.
You may have heard that the average penis size is between 5 and 7 inches when erect. However, what about flaccid penis length? Is there an average for that?
The truth is that there isn't a standard way to measure your penis, which means it will take a little time to figure out how far you are from the average. If you want to get an idea of where you fall on the scale, though, here's what researchers have found.
Average erect penis girth
The best way to measure your penis is when it is erect. Soft and hard, your actual penis length will expand by about 50%, making comparing measurements tricky. To do this properly, first use something non-stretchable like a string or ribbon to measure from the end of the tip (be sure that it passes any pubic hair and reaches your pubic bone in a straight line) up along the top side of your shaft, bypassing any curves or bends in its path. Once you get where you started measuring from (at the tip), note how far off you were from that point on either side of your shaft; these numbers will tell you how much length was added during erection.
If using a ruler or flexible tape to measure your erect penis length doesn't work for whatever reason, but only if there are no other options (such as wrapping around something soft/flexible), it is recommended to take two measurements. Try it when one when flaccid and another when erect — it'll still give us some idea as far as average penis length goes without having too much error involved with trying different approaches over time.
However, if you want an accurate measurement, you should ask a doctor for professional medical advice on correctly measuring your penis.
Here's one guide on how to measure your erect length correctly
You should also measure your penile length. To do this:
Take a ruler and wrap it around the base of your erect penis.
Mark where the ruler touches either side of your shaft (don't forget to include both sides).
Measure the distance between those marks with a ruler to measure your erect length in inches.
For example, if you wrap a measuring tape around the base of your shaft and mark it at 3 inches and 6 inches (as you would when taking pre-puberty measurements), then that gives you an erect length measurement in inches between those two points: 3" - 6" = 5".
If you're measuring from one end of an erection to another or want an idea about how long someone else's penis might be, add up their flaccid circumference and erect circumference measurements!
Although you may see guys with penises that are bigger or smaller than yours, yours likely belongs to average penis sizes.
Penis' average size is genetically determined, and there are no reliable techniques for increasing the length of the penis. The only proven way to increase the length of your penis is through surgery, which can be expensive and has significant risks.
Since most men fall within a normal range of sizes, they need not worry about measuring themselves or whether they have an abnormally small or large-sized member. Just like everyone else, what matters most when having sexual activity with someone else is comfort level with that person's body type and mutual understanding regarding what each person likes sexually.
Penis size is determined by your genes, just like eye colour or foot size, and there's nothing you can do to change it
Your genes determine the height and weight you end up with, as well as many other body features, so it makes sense that they would play a role in determining the size of your penis' actual length. It's also worth noting that while there are some steps you can take to increase the length of your manhood (more on this later), shortening it is not possible without surgery—and even then, there aren't any guarantees!
Studies have shown that penis size is a factor in a woman's sexual stimulation, but it's not an essential variable for pleasure
Researchers agree that what matters most to female partners when it comes to sex isn't how big a man's penis is; instead, it's your level of emotion and willingness to work with her needs.
Penis size appears to be more related to male self-esteem than female satisfaction. The implications for treatment are obvious: if an individual feels insecure about their body image, they are at risk of developing erectile dysfunction (ED), regardless of their partner's thoughts. It suggests that ED should be treated as an individual problem rather than a physical or interpersonal issue.
That said, there is evidence linking some penile-related issues like erectile dysfunction with men with smaller than average equipment—but this can also be caused by other factors such as age and smoking. So don't sweat too much over your measurements. Remember: bigger isn't always better!
You don't need to worry about measuring your penis correctly
We all have different proportions, and the only way to know for sure what yours are is by getting it measured professionally.
The average length and girth of an erect penis can vary due to genetics, body type, and other factors. And even if you have a larger or smaller-than-average penis relative to others in your age group, that doesn't necessarily mean anything wrong with your sexual health or performance.
The vast majority of men fall into the range from 5 inches (12.7 cm) when flaccid (non-aroused) to 7 ¼ inches (18 cm) when erect.
As we mentioned above, there are many reasons to be concerned about penis size and whether or not your penis is "big enough." However, the reality is that most men have normal-size penises, and the vast majority of female partners don't care about the length or girth of a man's penis. Some research suggests that women may prefer having sex with larger-than-average penises because they feel more comfortable and enjoy being stimulated by them more than with smaller-than-average ones. So if you have concerns about your size, stop measuring your penis and talk with your partner about what you want from sex—and then try out new positions and techniques together.
Better yet, seek advice from medical professionals or researchers to determine accurate measurements. Medical experts also can diagnose any medical condition you might have.
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