Science Discovers the Perfect Penis (And Size Isn’t Such a Big Deal)

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What makes a perfect penis? Ask a variety of women and you’ll likely get a variety of opinions. But while beauty is definitely in the eye of the beholder, there are a few things that women prize in the male member. A new study, published in The Journal of Sexual Health, looked at what exactly puts the magic into Magic Mike and what they found may surprise you. (P.S.: Do you know What the Average Penis Size Is?)

In an effort to learn what standard to aim for when reconstructing injured or deformed penises (yes, really), researchers asked women to rank eight aspects of the package from least important to most important. And it’s official: Bigger is not better-at least in the bedroom. Defying the stereotype, length did not come in first place. In fact, most women didn’t find it very important at all, ranking it in sixth place. Cosmetic appearance came in first place, with groomed pubic hair in second, and girth in third. (Don’t miss these 5 Weird (But Totally Normal) Side Effects of Sex.)

These findings don’t surprise Sherry Ross, M.D., an ob-gyn and women’s sex expert. “There’s a lot of sexual confusion with what we’re told we as women should like and what we actually do like,” she says. Cleanliness is definitely priority No. 1 for women, says Philip Werthman, M.D., a urologist and director of the Center for Male Reproductive Medicine in LA. While he says that men often worry irrationally about the length of their manhood, their wives and girlfriends are more focused on hygiene. And length becomes even less important when you’re talking about sexual satisfaction, say both doctors.

“There’s a rumor that women prefer bigger, longer penises for sex, but all of my conversations with women on my table say the opposite,” Ross says. Instead, she says that penises longer than the average five to seven inches in length are more likely to cause pain, injury, and even vaginal tearing during sex.

Plus, a smaller penis may actually mean better sex. “Most women don’t orgasm from penetration alone so it’s important to try different positions that allow for more clitoral stimulation. A shorter penis offers more options for positioning, and therefore better stimulation,” she explains. For example, having the woman on top offers better access to the clitoris, but because it also allows for deeper penetration, this can be painful with an extra-long penis.

Girth seems to be the big (ahem) factor when it comes to sexual satisfaction. “A thicker penis can provide a pleasurable feeling of fullness,” Werthman explains.

But all studies aside, both docs say that the perfect penis is whatever works best for the man and his partner-people have a wide variety of preferences! “The perfect penis (and vagina) are more of a mental thing than a physical one,” Ross says.

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Whether you’ve seen two penises in your life or 50, it’s probably become apparent that they come in all kinds of shapes and sizes—in both length and girth.

And while you know that size doesn’t really matter, you can’t help but wonder: What size is, well, average?

Turns out there may be an answer to your curiosities, as some researchers have taken the time to explore the length and girth (a.k.a the circumference, or entire length around) of the average male penis, because, why not?

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One of the latest large-scale studies took place in 2013, when Debby Hebernick, Ph.D., a sex researcher and educator at Indiana University authored Erect Penile Length and Circumference Dimensions of 1,661 Sexually Active Men in the United States.

As the name suggests, she gathered self-reported data from 1,661 men (and incentivized them to do so accurately by offering to match them with a better-fitting condom). From her research, Hebernick found that the average penis length was 5.7 inches, and the average girth was 4.81 inches when erect.

She also found that the means by which a man gets erect may influence his size. Specifically, she discovered that men who were aroused via oral seemed to get bigger than with manual stimulation. (Good to know?)

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Another paper published in BJU International compiled research from 17 studies that measured the penises of a combined 15,521 men. The men were all measured by health professionals using the same standard procedure to ensure the numbers were as accurate as possible. And they looked at both erect and flacid penises.

From their findings, the average flaccid girth, was 3.67 inches. Erect penises averaged 4.59 inches around. For some size reference, that’s about the width of a tube of toothpaste.

There are some caveats, though. Mainly, these studies didn’t control for things like temperature, level of arousal, and previous ejaculation.

Still, whether a penis is the size of a tube of toothpaste or not, it should have no bearing on how well it performs between the sheets.

Er, Apparently There Are 6 Types Of Dicks In The World

When it comes to comparing penises, most guys are usually too preoccupied with their size to think about its shape.

But it turns out, according to The Hook, there are 6 types of penises in the world… so can you tell which poke is most like your bloke?

1. Banana

It’ll come as no surprise that the banana-shaped penis echoes the shape of the phallic fruit.

Curving slightly upwards as well as being longer than average, those with a banana penis also have a natural advantage between the sheets.

Luckily for guys sporting a fruity package, the way their willy naturally arches means it naturally rubs up against the upper wall of the vagina during sex. In other words, you have a better chance of experiencing an elusive G-spot orgasm with a banana penis partner.

Much like the humble banana, it curves upwards. Image: iStock.Source:Whimn

2. Hammer

Resembling the body of a hammer, this shape of penis has a thin shaft in comparison to a larger head.

Not to be confused with the mushroom penis, the hammer is long and thin with a considerably larger tip… perfect for extra stimulation between the sheets.

Heavier at one end. Image: Markus Spiske/Unsplash.Source:Whimn

3. Mushroom

Just think of this one as the miniature hammer… but shorter and girthier.

But what it lacks in the hammer’s size, it makes up for in width. Not to mention its enormous head. Size isn’t everything after all.

And, according to a recent report, the mushroom head has evolved into a “tool” for removing the semen of other love rivals.

Straight to the point. Image: Charles Deluvioon UnsplashSource:Whimn

4. Cucumber

As luck would have it, guys blessed with a cucumber-shaped penis tend to be on the larger side of things. Although that’s NOT to say their privates are actually the size of cucumbers. Ouch. However, they do tend to be larger than other types of penis.

The nickname was coined because the girth is as thick all the way along the shaft.

But the tip of the penis tends to be slightly smaller than other manhoods, making it resemble a cucumber.

5. Pencil

Unsurprisingly, the pencil penis is practically straight up and down.

Unlike the hammer or mushroom, the pencil maintains its girth almost from shaft to tip. But it’s definitely thicker than a pencil FYI.

The simpler of the penises. Image: iStock.Source:Whimn

6. C-shaped

In a similar style to the banana, the C-shaped penis has a noticeable curve to the right-hand side.

While this shape is extremely rare, ladies still get all the benefits of the banana penis… and then some.

This story originally appeared on The Sun and is republished here with permission.

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We all come in different shapes and sizes.

Penises do also – specifically seven different shapes, according to Darren Breen, who sees 400-600 different penises a month.

Breen, Managing director of iMEDicare Ltd- a British retailer supplying accessories for erectile dysfunction, talked to The Daily Mail about penis shapes.

The medical expert shared the main penis shapes he’s come across since entering the industry in 1996, including the rather unique-looking ‘banana’, which he says can be the result of a physical injury or genetic.

Which one do you/does your man have?

1. THE PENCIL

Darren described the ‘pencil’ penis as having a ‘long and thin uniform girth with a narrow glans (rounder head of the penis)’. He added: ‘The length can range enormously but it is very long and usually thinner than the average’.

2. THE PEPPER (CAPSICUM)

Darren revealed the ‘pepper’ is ‘unusually short (3-4 inches) but exceptionally thick along the entire length’.

3. THE CONE

Darren describes the third penis shape as more problematic.

He says: ‘The ‘cone’ sees a linear narrowing of the shaft to a pencil tip. Sometimes this is linked to ‘phimosis’ – or tightening of the foreskin that is so restrictive it cannot be retracted at all – quite literally constricting normal expansion of the penis head.

4. THE BANANA

Darren says the banana features a curve to the left or right, that can either be natural or caused by injury.

He said: ‘This can be a congenital curve – so they are born with it, or it is acquired and called Peyronie’s disease. Seven per cent of all men will have a Peyronie’s episode at some point in life, and it is caused by excess scar tissue developing following an injury which can lead to lateral deformity or an hour-glass shape’.

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5. THE HAMMER

Darren describes a manhood which starts with a slimmer shaft leading to a wider head.

He said: ‘This is a narrow base widening to a very wide glans – gravity makes it more difficult for this type of erect penis to lift skyward on erection. Looks a little like a mushroom with a narrow base stalk. The glans is unusually wide.’

6. THE SAUSAGE

The most common penis shape is the ‘sausage’.

The medical expert said: ‘This is of average thickness and length with a uniform girth along the length and is fairly typical’.

7. THE CUCUMBER

MD Darren described the ‘cucumber’ as ‘thick all the way along with decent length. It is thicker than the usual penis and usually in the 5 to 8-inch bracket’.

But let’s forget about length for a minute and talk about shape. Like breasts, penises come in all different shapes, and just because your’s mightn’t look like the 8-inch cucumber-like penises you see in porn, doesn’t mean it’s not normal.

So what are the four most common types of penis? Dr. David Shusterman, a urologic surgeon revealed all. What type do you have?

Related: Can a Penis Ever Be Too Big For a Vagina?

1. The Bender

While a tiny curve in your penis is normal, if it looks like it’s starting to bend then you should be concerned, says Shusterman. If it curves in the range of 30 to 60 degrees, there’s a possibility you may have Peyronie’s disease.

What the hell is Peyronie’s disease? Peyronie’s disease is penis problem caused by scar tissue, called plaque, that forms inside the penis. It can make the penis to bend upward or to the side.

Your bend may be harmless, but we recommend you visit your GP if this sounds like yours.

2. The Big Shaft

This type is pretty self-explanatory: it’s literally when the shaft, or body, of your penis is larger than the head. This results in our penis ending in somewhat of a pointed shape. Women may sometimes mistake your member for a traffic cone.

Related: Science Reveals the Average Penis Size. How Do You Stack Up?

3. The Curve

This is one of the more common types of penis, according to Shusterman. This sort of penis is where there is a small upward curve to your penis, but it’s not as dramatic (or as dangerous) as ‘the bender’.

“There’s a suspensory ligament that holds your penis to your pelvis and it suspends your penis a little upward,” Shusterman said.

The curve usually falls between the 5 to 10 degree mark, and around 10-20 per cent of men are blessed with this type of dong.

4. The Big Head

Like ‘the big shaft’, ‘the big head’ is also pretty self-explanatory. This type of penis is probably the most popular amongst men, with Dr. Shusterman reporting that 20 per cent of all penises he’s ever seen are like this.

It’s when the head of the penis is thicker and larger than the shaft. Depending on length, it may look similar to a mushroom.

Women Pick the Perfect 3D-Printed Penis

Forget about tissue engineering and chocolate sculptures. 3D printing has finally achieved its true purpose: helping scientists discover the size and shape of the perfect penis.

For the first time, a group of researchers from UCLA and the University of New Mexico have used 3D-printed phalluses to ascertain women’s penis size preferences. Previous studies on the subject have asked women to state a length in centimeters or to select “small, medium, large,” as if they were ordering a side of french fries. Other experiments have presented women with 2D drawings, but what is a penis, really, without the third dimension?

The study—published today in the peer-reviewed journal PLOS One—contains good news for men: Women prefer a penis size only slightly above average, and their preferences differ slightly depending on relationship context.

To perform the study, sexual psychophysiologist Dr. Nicole Prause and her team generated a matrix of 100 different erect penises with varying lengths and circumferences but eventually narrowed them down to 33 options, reasoning that “such a large choice set could overwhelm participants.” These 33 representative choices were then 3D-printed in blue plastic “to minimize racial skin-color cues” and sorted into baskets from which 75 women selected an ideal penis for both a long-term partner and a one-night stand.

To ensure that the women’s choices were not arbitrary, the researchers also required them to complete a pretest in which they attempted to recall the shape of a randomly selected phallus, both immediately and after a delay. The subjects proved themselves adept at remembering penis length and especially skilled at recalling penis circumference, which may indicate that they “care more” about the latter measurement.

But enough methodological foreplay. Here is the size and shape of the ideal penis according to this sample of 75 women. For a long-term partner, the women reported an ideal length of 6.3 inches and an ideal circumference of 4.8 inches. For a one-night stand—described by the researcher conducting the experiment as a man who is “kind, intelligent, funny, and has a great job”—the sample indicated that 6.4 inches long and 5 inches around would be best.

Either way, the findings are good news for any man who thinks he needs to be extraordinarily well-endowed to find a sexual partner. The authors note that, “our participants preferred penises that were only a little above average.” For reference, the average American erect penis is estimated to be about 6 inches long with a circumference of 5 inches.

The fact that women’s preferences differ based on relationship context should also be reassuring, the researchers say.

“Since context matters, men should be thinking ‘fit’ rather than ‘fat’ with respect to their penis size,” Prause told The Daily Beast. “In other words, women may prefer different sizes for different reasons at different times, so chances are very good any guy is someone’s ideal for the relationship type they are seeking.”

As for the motivation behind those different preferences, the authors speculate that women in search of a one-night stand might want a larger penile circumference because it enhances sexual pleasure, which, after all, is usually the goal of a casual encounter.

“To maximize the chances of receiving the sexual benefits it makes sense that women might prefer a larger girth penis that brings the clitoral glans closer to the friction point and also will stimulate the crura of the clitoris internally more,” Prause explained.

The use of 3D phalluses to discover this preference is not just novel, it may be the most effective way that ideal penis size has ever been measured. Many previous studies, the authors note, have “portrayed or asked about the penis in its flaccid state,” which seems counterproductive given the organ’s most desired function.

By presenting women with rigid models that could be examined and touched, the researchers were able to more closely approximate the circumstances of a sexual encounter—at least, as closely as handling a blue plastic penis in a controlled environment can allow. For a body part that is best experienced up close, the penis has too often been evaluated in the abstract.

“umans judge sizes most accurately when visual and haptic information are available together,” the authors write, adding a little wryly that “both sources of data are usually available in sexual interactions.”

For men who are considering unproven penile enlargement techniques to supposedly enhance their own sexual interactions, the study offers some levelheaded reminders. The authors note that men who are anxious about their penis size have previously reported an ideal length that is longer than women actually want. Additionally, most men who undergo penile enlargement surgery “actually fall within the normal penis size range.”

It’s not that penis size doesn’t matter at all—this study, among others, is proof that it does—but many men’s hang-ups with it may be overblown. It is true, for example, that 15 of the women in the study said that they had ended a relationship, in part, because of a small penis but five of them also cited a too-large penis as a contributing factor in a breakup.

“There is a cost with a larger phallus,” Prause told The Daily Beast. “All intercourse causes tearing and pushes bacteria into the vagina. A larger phallus probably causes more tearing and may push more bacteria into the vagina: not a good long-term option.”

And Dr. Geoffrey Miller, a co-author on the study, wants men to know that size isn’t everything.

“Human penises evolved to be unusually long and thick, consistent with our findings about women’s preferences,” he wrote in a press release accompanying the study. “Yet a man’s intelligence, kindness, sense of humor, and other mental traits are also extremely important to women.”

The takeaway for women is a bit more physical. For once, this is an experiment that you can try at home. Dr. Prause has uploaded all 33 blue phallus models used in the study to the design sharing website Thingiverse where they can be downloaded for free, printed out, and placed in your very own basket full of penises.

Study Reveals Perfect Penis Size for Women

The question of penis size has haunted men throughout time, giving rise to countless adolescent fears that develop into full-blown neuroses once adulthood rolls around. Fortunately, a new study has approached this burning issue from a new angle, using science to get to the root of the problem — by which we mean it used 3D-printed penises.

Conducted by researchers from UCLA and the University of New Mexico, the peer-reviewed study asked 75 women to choose two perfect dicks from 33 different test penises: one for a long-term partner, and one for a one-night-stand. The faux hogs were printed in a variety of shapes and sizes, although only one color was used (blue) in order to minimize racial bias.

The results should make most men a bit more comfortable in their own shoes (or shorts): the ideal penis for a long-term partner measures 6.3 inches long, and 4.8 inches around, while the ideal one-night-stand measures only slightly larger at 6.4 inches long, and 5 inches around.

In other words, the perfect penis size for American women is… right around the average size for an American male. Maybe now we can stop investing in “one weird trick” that’ll make our dick-doctors hate us?

(h/t The Daily Beast)

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Ah, men. We’re a simple creature sometimes. And we’re never simpler than when we’re thinking about size. Generally, one very particular size. There is not man out there who hasn’t wondered, at some point, how their penis size measures up. Who hasn’t measured their own, then questioned whether they’re measuring from the correct point, and tried to steal an extra inch by sliding the ruler further down (for those in doubt, you do it from the top, starting where penis meets torso). Well, ideal-penis-size-questioning-men, you need wonder no more.

Sound the klaxons, scream it from the mountaintops, gather the villagers from their huts and clink every glass in the cabinet, for we have found the FINAL and official word on the ideal penis size and it is dogma.

It is 6.3 inches, or 6.4 inches for a one-time encounter. Six Point Three. Six Point Four.

That’s the end of it. Stop Googling questions about penis size. You’re done now.

A study from the University of California and the University of New Mexico took 75 women, aged between 18 and 65, and presented them with 33 different-sized 3D penis models made of rigid, odourless (very considerate), blue plastic to “minimise racial skin-colour cues.”

The results found that the average preference was for a penis that measured 6.3 inches in length and 4.8 inches around. Whereas for a one-time sexual encounter, the average plastic penis the women chose was larger, measuring 6.4 inches and 5.0 inches in circumference.

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Notes: These are preferences for erect penises. The average peen is smaller than this when erect (5.2 inches long, 4.6 inches around). Source: Women’s preferences for penis size, published in PLOS One, November 2016 #datasketch

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Now, this isn’t the best news for most men’s egos, because the average male penis is 5.2 inches long and 4.6 inches around, as revealed in a global study of 15,000 members.

But don’t worry too much. According to the same study, only 2.8 per cent of men have an abnormally small penis, so the chances are you should be ok.

And if you’re not? Well, there’s help out there.

(Picture: Getty)

Let us begin by saying that there is no perfect penis.

Or any perfect body part, for that matter.

Comparing our bits only leads to misery and disappointment. Striving for perfection is fruitless, especially when the perfect vulva, penis, boobs, whatever, doesn’t actually exist.

What’s a better idea: Enjoying our individual beauty. Nice, right?

But that doesn’t stop us from enjoying categorising our appearance.

There’s something strangely comforting about knowing that our body parts fit into a certain type, if only because it proves we’re not the only ones who look the way we do.

We know that there are five types of vulva, five types of bum, and eight types of nipples.

Now we have learned that there are, apparently, seven types of penis.

That’s according to Darren Breen, the managing director of iMEDicare LTD. His company sees around 400 to 600 patients – and thus, penises – a month, so he knows all about the appearance of peen.

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He told MailOnline that there are seven main shapes of penis he sees.

The Pencil

(Picture: Ella Byworth/ metro.co.uk)

Long and thin with uniform girth along the shaft.

The Pepper

(Picture: Ella Byworth/ metro.co.uk)

Shorter than the average but unusually thick.

The Cone

(Picture: Ella Byworth/ metro.co.uk)

The Cone gets narrower towards the tip of the penis. This can sometimes be down to phimosis, a tightening of the foreskin, so if you have this type of penis and your foreskin is so tight it can’t be pushed back, chat to your GP.

The Banana

(Picture: Ella Byworth/ metro.co.uk)

If your penis has a curve to the left or right, you’ve got The Banana.

A natural, slight curve isn’t an issue (and can be a lot of fun sex-wise), but if you notice an extreme curve or one that develops after injury, chat to a GP.

Some curves are down to peyronie’s disease, which is when scar tissue causes the penis to bend. This can lead to erectile dysfunction or pain during sex.

The Hammer

(Picture: Ella Byworth/ metro.co.uk)

The Hammer starts narrower at the base then has an especially wide head. It’s a bit like a mushroom.

The Sausage

(Picture: Ella Byworth/ metro.co.uk)

This one’s the most common – it’s of average thickness and length, and remains the same thickness all the way up the shaft.

A standard sausage.

The Cucumber

(Picture: Ella Byworth/ metro.co.uk)

The same as The Sausage, but with an above average girth, so it’s thick all the way along.

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Remember: none of these penises are better than the other. This type of categorisation is just for fun.

If you are insecure about the size and shape of your penis, it’s worth talking to a medical expert. It’s worth noting that the majority of patients who seek surgery for penis enlargement have entirely normal penile length, so a lot of times insecurity is down to cultural expectations and comparisons to porn rather than an actual physical issue.

Your penis is great, whatever its size or shape. Enjoy it.

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Phallic Field Guide: The 12 Penises You’re Sure to Uncover in the Wild

As you probably already know, penises come in all shapes and sizes. But no one has yet created an exhaustive “field guide” of all the different types of penis you’ll find out in the wild.

Worry not, wild adventurer! Here’s a short list of the types of penises you may come across in the wilderness. Feel free to add a new category in the comments if we forgot one!

Also, if you’re a fan of penises, check out all of our past coverage on dicks.

These are the 12 types of penis you’ll find in the wild. Which one looks most like yours?

1. The Knight

Like a knight’s sword, this cock is often long and thin and distinguished by perfect horizontality and harmonious proportions, from the base to the head. Also called “The Sharpened Pencil,” it doesn’t play around and has only one credo: Get straight to the point!

2. The Banana

“The Banana” takes its nickname from its upwards curved shape and its slightly thinner end. It’s also the type of penis you’ll likely meet the most. Even though its exact size and angled curve depends on its owner, everybody agrees that it has the perfect morphology to give you pleasure and tickle your G-spot.

3. Captain Hook

Curled down, Captain Hook is the perverse little brother of “The Banana.” The inclination of its atypical shape can make every penetration difficult (or quite acrobatic). If you like to try new positions or discover new erogenous zones, this is the one, matey!

4. The Perrier Bottle

With a wide base that tapers off near the top, “The Perrier Bottle” isn’t the most refined penis, but it knows very well how to use its shape to offer you a two-speed rodeo. It’s sometimes compared to the Eiffel Tower or even to a challenging dildo. With its challenging girth, one thing is for certain: You won’t need to wait until July 4th to see fireworks — POW! BANG! ZOOM!

5. The Burrito

For those who like super-sized meals, The Burrito is able to quench all appetites. Big, thick and meaty, you’ll never know where to start with this two-handed meal! You’ll almost regret biting off more than you can chew! (Almost.) You start with a bite, then two, before completely eating it and asking for more! Those who are on a diet can also try “The Gnocchi,” the light version of The Burrito” — it’s just as thick but significantly shorter.

6. The Pinocchio

While soft, it may seem cute and small. But don’t judge a book by its cover! This Pinocchio is deceptive and has more than one trick up its sleeve! When you see how strong (and large) it becomes when aroused, you only have one wish: To make him tell lots and lots of lies!

7. The Chilly One

When it’s not under the spotlights, The Chilly likes its cosiness. It always keeps its head warm under a prominent cap of foreskin. But with a minimal amount of confidence and a certain ‘savoir faire,’ it will surely agree to take off its hat. The opposite of these are uncut penises that are much more exhibitionist and like outdoor games.

8. The Lord of the Rings

Well-groomed and fashionable, The Lord of the Rings never goes out without its jewels and its precious Prince Albert ring. Soft, this type of penis can inspire you with a strange feeling of wonder. But once in full shape, it will certainly use its royal power to get you on your knees. It’s one of the most glamorous types of penis!

9. The Lazy One

The Lazy One is no pain hoping for a lot of gain! Take a look at it under the shower and you have the feeling of being in front of a full package. But once in bed, this one is the king of idlers and doesn’t offer you the extra inches you expected. If you get a biggie that remains large and soft in bed, you may love it, but others will certainly tell it to “Sashay away!”

10. The Mushroom

Of all the types of penis, this one looks like a ‘champignon de Paris’ (a button mushroom) with its huge glans on a rather slim penis. If you want to pick one, always make sure to use a lot of lube! Otherwise its owner will always remember your first introduction, and not in a good way.

11. The ‘Sia’

Hidden behind an abundant amount of hair, the ‘Sia’ doesn’t like to reveal its identity. Sometimes we even wonder if it’s not an urban legend. But then we give it a hand and realize that there is a small piece of meat waiting and ready to shout “I’m aliiive.” When this wild bush is tamed, it’s a tireless worker!

12. The Boy Next Door

Unlike other types of penis, this one is neither too large nor too small, neither too big nor too thin. And unlike the boy in the song, you might want to ignore him at first. After all, he’s simply too plain to really notice. But like in the song, once you really open your eyes, you’ll eventually fall in love with him.

Is bigger always better?

Penis size is a bone (yes, we went there) of contention for many men and it seems like everyone has an opinion on it.

Thankfully, a team of researchers had finally come up with the definitive (read: average) penis size that women prefer and it turns out, bigger isn’t always better.

The new study has found that not only do women overwhelmingly prefer ‘average’ sized penises but we have slightly different preferences if the penis we’re encountering is a long-term lover or a one night stander you may, or may not have met on Tinder.

‘Wow’ indeed

A sample of 75 female participants were asked to handle 33 prosthetic phalluses in a range of shapes and sizes created by a 3D printer, which is surely the best use of the relatively new technology we’ve heard of yet.

They were then told to sort them into their ideal penis for their long-term partner (or ‘sex buddy’) vs a one night stand. In order to remove any racial bias or stereotype, the fake willies were all blue.

Turns out that women’s perfect penis size is 6.3 inches long and 4.8 inches around for going steady and 6.4 inches long and 5 inches around for a fling.

The average erect penis size is between 5.5 and 6.3 inches, FYI.

To give you some kind of reference point, 6.4 inches is about two (ladies) fists and two knuckles worth.

You’ll never look at your Oyster card in the same way again…

Or just under two Oyster cards.

6.4 inches, in stationery form

Or a glue stick and a rubber.

The iPhone doesn’t quite make the grade

Or one and a quarter iPhone 5s.

Three is the magic number…

Or Three Lindt Lindor chocolates (with packaging).

The results confirm that it’s not length but girth that matter more to women, as confirmed by Dr. Nicole Prause who headed up the study.

‘To maximise the chances of receiving the sexual benefits it makes sense that women might prefer a larger girth penis that brings the clitoral glans closer to the friction point and also will stimulate the crura of the clitoris internally more,’ Prause told The Daily Beast.

‘Since context matters, men should be thinking ‘fit’ rather than ‘fat’ with respect to their penis size. In other words, women may prefer different sizes for different reasons at different times, so chances are very good any guy is someone’s ideal for the relationship type they are seeking.’

So does size matter? Tweets us @marieclaireuk with your thoughts…

Well well well. As I’m sure you’re probably aware, penises come in all shapes and sizes and it’s been a mystery to most men as to just what women want in one. This has obviously led to innumerable awkward conversations in history, as your girlfriend will generally say something like ‘yours of course’ when confronted with the question.

Despite this inability to answer honestly, Elite Daily have managed to follow up their video of people reacting to dick pictures by managing to find a group of women who were willing to sit down and talk about their ideal penis shape and size. They then even managed to get a few of them to draw them on a pad of paper for them.

The results prove what most of us have known for some time: women aren’t too sure what they want. Most of them have to use rulers to get the right length of dick, even then they draw them they’re way smaller than what they’ve described, they’re constantly making mistakes and most of them don’t even seem to have a clue what they’re talking about. Penises remain an eternal mystery no matter how many you’ve seen in your lifetime.

The pictures of dicks themselves are really bad too – they could take some tips off the best ever dick drawings on newspapers, that’s for sure.

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Ideal Penis Size: Women’s Thoughts

The debate over size ends now. For far too long, we have debated over the size of a man’s penis. While the answer is not exactly simple, the truth is, most women are just fine with the size of their partner’s penis. We will dive deeper into this topic and see what’s really going on down there, though.

The Male Side Of Things

Over on the male side of the physical scale, there is an average penis size of about 5 inches but you can increase it, using titan gel. Again, as tends to happen with humans, this size can vary greatly from man to man. As arousal occurs, increased blood flow causes the penis to grow in both length and width, or girth.

This means that the vast majority of penises fall right around the 5-inch mark. The research done so far hasn’t shown much of a difference of statistics in ethnicity or location. So, the normal penis size in India, the Philippines, and other countries is pretty close to 5 inches.

Most men feel they are below average, but this can be attributed to multiple reasons. First, men are usually looking at their penis from above, causing it to seem smaller than it truly is. Other reasons could be the point of arousal at which the measurement is taken or how the measurement is taken.

The Female Side Of Things

It is impossible to talk about the ideal size of a man’s penis without talking about the female side of things. By this, I am not only referring to what women think about the topic at hand, but also the female body is shaped and sized.

The average size of the female organ is just under 4 inches deep. Just like any other part of the human body, this size can vary from woman to woman. In some cases, the depth of the vagina can be up to 7 inches. During arousal and intercourse, the vagina is able to stretch and elongate slightly due to more blood flowing to that area.

Even with this extra little bit of length, it is possible to cause pain with a big penis. This is due to the penis hitting the cervix. This can be eased a bit with lubrication, but that doesn’t do a lot for the depth of the vagina.

The Female Opinion On the Matter

Statistics show that women mostly are not concerned with penis size. Well, not the length anyways. There are always people who prefer a certain body type, and some women do prefer a big penis over a smaller one. It is possible to enlarge or buff up the size of the penis. Products like Titan Gel take advantage of the body’s natural mechanics to give men a little peace of mind.

The one aspect of a man’s penis women seem to agree matters more than length is girth. The width of a man’s penis may seem more satisfying to women because a thicker base of the penis can actually stimulate the clitoris more effectively. No matter what the reasoning, most females say they are happy with the size of their partner’s penis.

How To Keep the Penis Healthy and Strong

No matter the size, it is always smart to keep your penis in tip-top shape. To help you help her, here are some tips on how to keep your penis healthy and strong:

  • Eating right is a major factor to penis health. Basically, anything that isn’t good for a man’s hart is also bad for the penis.
  • Proper weight management can help prevent some afflictions that can affect the penis, like diabetes.
  • Not drinking or drinking very little is another way to help prevent certain issues that could affect the penis.
  • Being a smoker can harm blood vessels and cause lower blood flow to the penis. Less blood is not ideal down there.

Signs Of a Sexually Satisfied Woman

The entire reason for worrying about the size of your penis is because you want to please a woman in bed. Luckily, it takes a lot more than just size to make that happen. If you want to know what the signs of a sexually satisfied woman are, here are a few clues from an actual woman or two.

A woman who is s

atisfied after sex often enjoys cuddling afterward. This is a way to share or expand the intimacy of the moment. Partners who often have spontaneous intercourse are more likely be satisfied with the sexual performance. Other things to look for are partners who like to be close or oral with your penis tend to be more satisfied in bed.

When it comes down to it, it is more about what you know than how big you are. Some females do prefer looking at a larger penis, much like some men prefer larger breasts. This is merely a physical attraction that can be improved, but it won’t make things better when it really counts. Take care of yourself to take care of her.

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