The Truth About Average Penis Size and Sexual Performance

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Walk into any gym around the world, and there’s a question you’re bound to be asked by one guy or another…

How much ya bench bro?

While the sheer amount of times this question has been asked is simply mind-numbing, there’s a much more serious question weighing on the minds of men (including those non-lifters). It’s a question that no one really ever asks out loud…

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Is my “size” normal? Small? Maybe even BIG compared to the average male?

No, we’re not talking about bicep or quad size. More than any other body part, guys are wondering how their penis size measures up.

Average erect penis length is 5.16 inches. Average circumference is 4.59 inches.

Are you average, above average, or heaven forbid below average? Is there even an average size for a penis, and who would put the time into collecting that data?

Well, I’m here to answer all your size questions and concerns. I address the issue of length and girth ahead. We will also look at how sexual performance ties into all of this and more.

Measuring the Wood

Penis SizeSo, we know what you’re wondering – what’s the real average size of a male penis?

Well, over the years this hasn’t been the easiest question to answer. The vast majority of studies documenting penis size have been based on self-reporting of the participants. As we all know, this method leaves A LOT of room for enlarging the truth.

To circumvent this problem, a collection of researchers from the United Kingdom decided to compile measurements recorded by a variety of health professionals, each of whom followed a standard measuring procedure. Measurements recorded included length (pubic bone to the tip of the glans) and girth (circumference at the middle or base).

In total, researchers gathered information from 20 different studies which contained statistics on a whopping 15,521 men from various countries around the globe. [1] The results of the study will be comforting to many of you wondering if you’re on the smaller end of things.

According to the study, the average erect penis length is 5.16 inches (13.12cm), while the average circumference, i.e. girth, was 4.59 inches (11.66cm). The average measurements of flaccid male members was 3.61 inches (9.16cm) long and 3.66 inches (9.31 cm) around.

Some other interesting metrics from the study:

  • 5 out of every 100 men has an erect penis longer than 6.3 inches (16cm)
  • No correlation between testicular size and penis size
  • No relationship between weight and penis size
  • No significant difference between penis size and race
  • And most notably, no notable association between shoe (or foot) size and length
  • So, that’s the stats on how men around the world are measuring up, but how do women feel about their partner’s private parts?

There’s data on that too!

Size Matters

Does Size Matter? What Women Think

Whether a guy thinks he’s well-endowed or not is really second to what his lady thinks of his size (and more importantly performance). So, the real question is:

Are women satisfied with their man’s size or not?

Based on a massive Internet survey, polling over 52,000 heterosexual men and women, a whopping 85% of women said they were satisfied with their partner’s penis size. Interestingly enough, men are harder on themselves about size than women. Only 55% of men said they were content with their own penis size. [2]

Another study found that only 15% of women responded that erect member length was important. Those same women also said that girth is more important than length. [3]

What’s the takeaway?

Guys can stop stressing about their size. In all likelihood, they’re measuring up just fine for their ladies, provided they’re girthy enough…

Getting Some – Sexual Performance and Frequency

Walk into any workplace and you’re bound to hear some guy in the break room remark about how his wife (or girlfriend) never “gives him any.” Well, is that guy just blowing smoke, or is he onto something? What’s the average number of times a couple has intercourse?

Well, there’s research behind that too!

The Kinsey Institute at Indiana University undertook a massive research effort to quantify just how often people are having a roll in the hay. [4] Unsurprisingly, young adults (ages 18-29) have the most intercourse, averaging about nine times per month (roughly twice a week or 112 times per year). As adults got older, the trend to be intimate with the opposite sex decreased:

  • Ages 30 – 39: Seven times per month (roughly once per week or 86 times per year)
  • 40 – 49: Approximately 5-6 times per month (69 times per year)

Additionally, researchers also collected intimacy statistics on married couples and their sexual frequency:

  • 13% of married couples have sex a handful of times PER YEAR
  • 45% roll in the hay a few times per month
  • 34% have sex 2-3 times per week
  • 7% of couples romp together 4 or more times per week

If you fall into one of the less frequent intercourse groups, there’s a number of reasons (stress, jobs, lack of desire, kids, etc.) you and your partner might not be as sexually active as you’d like. Have no fear, there are a few things you can do to ensure you’ve set yourself up for maximum action.

Enhancing Performance

Sexy CoupleSo, you want to know how to set yourself up to perform better in the bedroom?

Like most things in life, it comes down to exercise and diet.

Volumes of research have been published looking into the relationship between sexual activity and physical exercise. [5][6][7][8] The results from those studies are rather clear – physically active people are healthier and have better quality sex lives.

It’s pretty obvious when you think about it. Eating right and exercising are the cornerstones of overall health, so it stands to reason they would play a role in sexual health. One of the studies surmised the relationship between exercise and sex as:

“Exercise frequency and physical fitness enhance attractiveness and increase energy levels, both of which make people feel better about themselves. Those who exercise are more likely to experience a greater level of satisfaction and a positive perception of self. Moreover, those who feel better about themselves may perceive they are more sexually desirable and may perform better sexually. The majority of individuals who are regularly physically active are healthier, and perhaps healthier individuals may be more willing and able to have sex.

From youth into advanced age, sexuality continues to be a key quality of life issue. Research has indicated a decline in both sexual performance and satisfaction with aging; regular physical activity may be one way to modify this decline… Maintaining a healthy active lifestyle is critical to sustaining multiple dimensions of health and well being.“

There’s no better way to describe how vital exercise is to health and sexual performance that how it was detailed above. Exercise improves your health and your ability to perform in and out of the bedroom.

Bottom line – You eat good. You look good. You feel good. You’re “action” is good!

On the flip side, not exercising and eating right comes with its own set of consequences, including:

  • Cardiovascular disease (CVD)
  • Type II diabetes
  • Obesity
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Atherosclerosis
  • and… SEXUAL DYSFUNCTION!

A number of studies have shown a positive association between these serious health conditions and lack of sexual activity. [9][10][11][12] The most common reason documented in these studies for the decreased sexual activity was due to erectile dysfunction (ED) and lack of desire for sex.

In other words, having one or more of these conditions significantly hinders your ability to “get it up” come game time.

How to Improve Your Sex Life

Unfortunately, Father Time is a cruel master, and as the years go by, your testosterone levels will naturally decline, which is another factor in decreased desire for sex and activity, but all is not lost. You can help support your body’s natural testosterone production and keep it as high as possible by eating right and exercising regularly.

Eating a healthy diet provides your body with all of the essential nutrients for optimal hormone production, and weight training has been shown to be increase production of testosterone in both the young and old. [13] With more testosterone, you’ll be able to retain more muscle, shed more fat which keeps obesity and other health-related problems away.

Plus, it’ll increase your desire for sex and boost your performance in the bedroom too!

We can’t stress this enough for you reading this…if you want to improve ALL aspects of your life (including your sex life), eat right and workout with intensity. The benefits will be extremely gratifying.

Takeaway

You’ve arrived at the end, and what can you take away from this piece?

  • Stop freaking out about whether you’re small or big, women don’t care that much.
  • Young people get it on more frequently than old people.
  • If you want to be a sexual dynamo the likes of James Bond when you’re old and gray, make sure to exercise and eat right.

There’s just too many benefits to proper diet and exercise to continue on about, so we’ll leave you with the timeless words of the great Marvin Gaye: “When I get this feeling, I need sexual healing!”

Bonus Penis Trivia and Facts

  • Semen contains one to seven calories.
  • Men with large testicles are more likely to cheat.
  • The largest medically-verified penis was 13.5 inches in length with a circumference of 6.26 inches.
  • The average vagina is only three to four inches deep.
  • According to condom manufacturers only 6% of the world’s population needs extra-large protection.
  • Masturbation is actually a good thing. The less you use your “junk,” the more likely you are to have problems with your plumbing later in life.
  • Diphallus is the medical term for being born with two penises. It is estimated that globally, one hundred man have this condition.
  • Death by hanging typically results in “angel lust,” or an erection.
  • The average ejaculation speed is 28 miles per hour.
  • The smallest recorded penis was 5/8th of an inch.
  • The average male experiences 9 erections during sleep.
  • The average male orgasm lasts six seconds. The average female orgasm lasts 23 seconds.
  • The trigger to ejaculate comes from the spinal chord, not the brain.
  • Smoking can decrease penis length by one centimeter.
  • The average duration of sexual intercourse is two minutes and 50 seconds.
References

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