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Revealed - The average length of a penis

The average flaccid circumference was 9.31 cm and the average erect circumference was 11.66 cm.

Written by Editorial Team |Updated : March 3, 2015 5:26 PM IST

A lot of men are worried about their penis size, and are confused whether their penis is large enough to satisfy a woman. Now, British researchers have gone through several studies and reached at a conclusion for the average penis length and circumference in both flaccid and erect state.

David Veale from the King's College London and his colleague from the King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust set out to create a nomogram (graphical diagram) of male penis size measurements across all ages and races.

A search of the medical literature revealed 17 studies with up to 15,521 males who underwent penis size measurements by health professionals using a standard procedure. The nomograms revealed that the average length of a flaccid penis was 9.16 cm, the average length of a flaccid stretched penis was 13.24 cm and the average length of an erect penis was 13.12 cm.

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The average flaccid circumference was 9.31 cm and the average erect circumference was 11.66 cm. There was a small correlation between erect length and height. Read about the size of the average Indian penis.

We believe these graphs will help doctors reassure the large majority of men that the size of their penis is in the normal range, Veale noted.

We will also use the graphs to examine the discrepancy between what a man believes to be their position on the graph and their actual position or what they think they should be, he continued. Some men are concerned about their penis size and those who are preoccupied and severely distressed with the size of their penis may even be diagnosed with Body Dysmorphic Disorder.

There have been no formal systematic reviews of penile size measurements so far and no attempts to create a graphical diagram that depicts the distribution of the size of a flaccid or erect penis. The new findings may be helpful when counselling men who are worried about their size or when investigating the relationship between condom failure and penile dimensions, the authors concluded. Find out if a 5 inch penis is enough to satisfy a woman.

The findings were detailed in the journal BJU International.

Should you be worried about penis size?

According to sexual health physician and men's sex therapist, Dr. Vijayasarathi Raman, 'One important thing we need to figure out is why so many men fall into this trap of believing and buying these enlargement products? Why are these men ready to risk their sexual organ and sometimes their lives? The answer is that they are so distressed and worried about the penis size and it is impacting their life in many ways that they try these products blindly with a single hope that any one of them would relieve their problem. My strong recommendation to all these men is a simple message Be well informed and then make a decision. It is our (doctors ) responsibility to make you (patients) get adequate and appropriate information. We can help you make the right decision but end of the day the decision is yours. Basic counselling and sex therapy have been proven to be successful in dealing with concerns over penis size in 80% of patients, a recent study reports.'

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