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Penis size

The penis is an important part of the male body and is closely linked to a man's sense of pride and identity. Men often worry about penis size; they especially worry about not being able to satisfy their partner if their penis appears too small.

Penis size
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However, evidence suggests that there is no link between sexual satisfaction and penis size. Self-confidence, sexual experience and being an attentive lover are much more important. Surveys show that penis size is less important to woman than men think. In fact, some women worry that a large penis "won't fit" or that it'll hurt them. On the other hand, some are very aroused by the sight of a large penis.

Sexual pleasure and penis size

Penetrative sex is extremely exciting for a man (because the penis is his most sensitive sexual organ); and because he assumes that the vagina is the woman's most erogenous zone, he imagines it's the same for her. This shows how little he knows about the female body and female sexual pleasure. The walls of the vagina (particularly the inner two thirds) are relatively insensitive to touch or pressure.
The sensitive areas are the anterior wall and the G spot.

The size of the erect penis has no bearing won women's sexual satisfaction during intercourse. In fact, a woman is most aroused by clitoral stimulation, or stimulation of other erogenous zones (See sections on clitoral orgasm, vaginal orgasm, the G sport and foreplay). Studies have shown that, to some degree, the vagina can adapt to fit the shape and size of the penis.

All shapes and sizes

We spend most of our time covered up and so have little idea about the wide variation in genital appearance. Noses come in all shapes and sizes as do hands, feet and breasts. And the penis is no different. There appears to be no correlation between the size of penis and size of other body parts: length of nose, size of hands, height etc.

A flaccid penis differs in size from an erect penis and there is no relationship between the two. A small, flaccid penis may be significantly larger when erect; conversely, a large un-erect penis may be only slightly larger, or remain the same size, when erect.

Sometimes men may compare penis size, for example, when showering after sport. However, this sort of comparison is meaningless as it doesn't show the difference in size when erect. In addition, intensive physical activity can often cause the penis to retract.

Men can also compare penis size - and this time, the size of the erect penis - when watching pornographic films. But you have to bear in mind that these actors are not typical. They represent just a tiny minority of the population and have been chosen because they are well endowed. To make an analogy, if we were talking about shoe size, they would probably take a 54!

Measuring up

The length of the penis must be measured from the base, against the pubic bone, to the tip. If a man is overweight, his penis may appear shorter; however, if he loses weight, he should lose the excess flesh at the base of the penis, so it will appear bigger. According to British Journal of Urology International researchers the average penis was 13cm when soft and gently stretched. This figure ranged from 6cm at the lower end of the scale to 18cm at the higher end.

Posted 30.06.2010


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