The average man’s penís is 5.6 inches (14.2 centimeters) long when erect, a new survey of 1,661 men finds.
The study, published online July 10 in the Journal of Séxual Medicine, is relatively consistent with the results of prior surveys of penís size.
Penís size has been the subject of dozens of studies, as well as countless urban legends, myths and spám emails. For many men, the idea of not measuring up can cause a great deal of ánxiety.
But whether penís size truly matters to a man’s séx partner is up for debate. Some research shows that women who experience váginal orgásms do so more consistently with men of bigger girth.
Other work suggests bigger isn’t always better: One study found that ideal penís size depends on a person’s height, and another showed that girth matters more than length to most women.