Scientists have managed to find the final answer to a question that had been giving headaches and frustrations to many men for centuries if not millennia – what size should a normal penis have?
According to the new findings, the average size of the male sexual organ as it was reported after precise measurements of more than 15,521 men in various countries is 3.6 inches/ 9.16 cm in the relaxed mode and 5.2 inches/ 13.12 cm during a sexual intercourse.
These results were reported and published in the BJU International, a well-known urology journal in the U.K.
But it may seem odd that scientists conducted a lengthy study on such a trivial matter when there are other pressing issues that need their full attention including world hunger, the melting of the Antarctic, or eradicating cancer.
However, the research team provided several reasons. For instance, knowing for a fact what the average size of the human penis is could help doctors dealing with conditions such as “small penis anxiety” and body dysmorphic disorder. The study could also help condom makers design products with lower failure rates.
With these goals in mind, the team performed an exhaustive research of the matter by sifting through nearly all published studies on penile size and girth. Each of the studies reviewed had to involve more than 50 males who were at least 17. Volunteers who had erectile dysfunction or implants were disqualified. Also, all studies taken into account during the analysis were conducted by qualified health professionals.
After all the adjustments were made, researchers settled for 20 reliable studies which evaluated thousands of males. The data gathered from these studies were later inserted into graphs where scientists expressed the size and girth of the penises by percentile.
According to the final results, 68 percent of men had penises between 3 and 4.2 inches, while 95 percent fell under the 2.4- to 4.8-inch range. Moreover, the penis in erect state of 68 percent of men measured between 4.5 and 5.8 inches, while 95 percent qualified for the 3.9-6.5-inch range.
Additionally, the average penis girth in resting state is 3.7 inches/ 9.31 cm, and 4.6 inches (11.66 cm) while erect.
Scientists argued that these measurements contradict some common beliefs among men that the index finger length or the foot size may be good indicators of the penis size. Also there was no link between penis size and body mass index, age and the volume of the testes either.
However, scientists found a statistically significant correlation between height and penis length. But further study needs to be done.
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