Sexy Science

Having A 5-Inch Penis Is Very Normal, Data Shows

Most men are about five inches long — and most women are fine with that.

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Anecdotal and social scientific evidence suggests that men spend a disproportionate amount of time worrying about the size, shape, and fitness of their penises. Never mind that the average penis size is five inches and that the vast majority of women report that they are “very satisfied” with what their male partners are packing, men worry. It’s a source of anxiety that doesn’t seem to being going away for either growers or shower. But seeing the data firsthand might make the average man feel better — or at least convince him that he doesn’t have problem between his legs.

Here’s the real data on penis size, and it shows that having a 5-inch dick is very normal. Hopefully it makes men feel better. If not, we strongly recommend developing confidence in specific oral skills.

Average Size Is A 5-Inch Penis

Scientists long suspected that the average erect penis hovered around five inches in length, across nationalities and age groups. Then, in 2014, a team of British physicians all but proved it. They combined 17 studies involving 15,521 men to determine the average penis size once and for all, and their results are below. Beyond these average figures, researchers also found that erect penis length tends to be nearly identical to the length of a flaccid penis held stretched out.

More Than Half Of Men Think Their Penis Is Average-Sized

Most men rate their penises as “average sized,” and most women agree that their partners have average-sized penises, according to a 2006 study of more than 50,000 heterosexual men and women. Their self-reports are depicted below.

Interestingly, the researchers found a strong correlation between how men rated their penis sizes and how they rated their overall appearances. “Self esteem might influence their estimate of penile size,” the authors note.

Women Are Basically Satisfied With Their Partners’ Penises

Although that same study found that men were not content with their penis sizes (nearly half wished they were larger), women were largely fine with them. Only 14% of women wished their partners had bigger penises, and 84% told researchers they wouldn’t change a thing.

This final observation drives home a recurring message: There is a disconnect between what men and women want in a penis. Most men wish they were bigger; most women are glad they’re not.

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