10 Hard (And Fascinating) Facts About Your Man's Penis


The average penis size is WHAT?

How much do we really know about the penis? As much as we all take pride in this (sometimes) little package, we don't really know all that much about it.

Most people understand what the penis’s role during sex is, but for all the praise and attention that men seek when it comes to declaring that their penis is better than any other on the planet, they know shockingly little about their own anatomies.

When it comes to figuring out what the most important parts of our bodies are, you’d think that understanding all there is to know about their favorite organ would be top of the list — but unfortunately, that’s not the case on many occasions, and while ignorance is bliss, knowledge — especially about that oh-so-favored of sexual parts — is most definitely power.

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For instance, smoking might be one of those “masculine” hobbies that makes a man look cool, but did you know that cigarettes can actually shrink a man's penis up to an entire centimeter?

Or that there really are “shower” and “grower” factors to take into account when it comes to determining a man’s size while flaccid? And that approximately 71 percent of men are in the latter category? (That means, ladies, that you shouldn't judge a book by its (soft) cover because it might have something quite impressive hidden away in there that you’re not seeing… at least, yet, that is.)

Considering how important a penis can be to a man’s confidence and his self-esteem, the one thing that men use to determine how well they can perform in bed is often based solely on their penis size.

And while this may not seem entirely fair, it turns out it can actually be a solid predictor of several things to do with sex — including a woman's likelihood to achieve orgasm and how likely a man is to get her pregnant (and yes, size really does matter there). So maybe this whole idea of being a "size queen" might actually have some truth to it!

We often debate whether or not penis size really matters, and it’s no secret that the penis was developed for both baby-making and having a damn good time. But there are a lot of things that men — and women — don’t know about phalluses, so it's time to get informed.

Here are 10 things you probably didn't know about when it comes to a man's all-important penis size:

1. There is a proper way to measure a penis — no cheating allowed!

The correct way to measure a penis (for accurate length) is to use a ruler or measuring tape on the top side, from the tip of the penis down to the pubic bone, at the base. 

2. People actually compare penises to dollar bills (yo).

There is a clever way to compare your man's penis to a dollar bill if you don't want to whip out a measuring tape. If your guy has an average penis, it will be smaller than the dollar bill, which measures 6 1/8 inches. If his penis comes to the end of the word "ONE" on the front, he is 5 inches. If it lands on the first "A" in America, he is 4 inches. (We may never look at dollar bills the same.)

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3. The average penis is not as big as people say it is. 


You know you shouldn't care, but since you're probably curious, according to a study conducted in the Journal of Sexual Medicinethe average penis size (erect) is 5.6 inches long and it measures 4.8 inches in circumference.

4. The majority of men are HUGE liars. 

Only 15 percent of men have penises more than 7 inches long, and only 3 percent are over 8 inches. But that doesn't mean that huge penises don't exist, they absolutely do. 

5. The biggest and smallest penises ever recorded are quite impressive. 

The smallest recorded human penis was 5/8 of an inch; the largest was 13.5 inches. (A blue whale's penis, however, averages at 8 to 10 feet long and a foot in diameter.) And after his big photo scandal, we now know where Justin Bieber's penis falls on this scale ... WOW!

6. Small penises are not considered medical issues. Sorry. 

Penis size is not a medical concern unless the penis is shorter than 1 1/2 inches when flaccid, and 3 inches when erect. Penises this size are known as "micropenises." There are surgical remedies to repair this, but the recovery is painful.

7. Gay men are bigger (yes, really). 

Gay men's penises are, on average, a third of an inch longer. It's said that this is a sign of intelligent design as men's mouths are also, on average, larger than women's.

8. There IS a way to make your penis look bigger. 

The best way to increase penis size is by losing belly fat. Makes perfect sense! (OK it's not bigger it just looks that way.)

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9. The key to knowing how big a man's penis is might be in the fingers.


Researchers at Gachon University in Korea discovered that the difference in length between a man's ring finger and index finger indicated the length of a penis. So the shorter the ring finger is compared to the index finger, the bigger the penis. 

10. Scientists spend a LOT of time studying how we can tell how big a man's penis is without looking at it.  

Scientists have tried to connect the size of men's penises to the size of their feet, noses, thumbs, and earlobes. One study even looked for a connection between flat buttocks and long penises (they found this to be the case in the Nigerian men studied, but scientists later determined the opposite is probably true

We could go back to having men wear tights, but they would probably stuff their codpieces.