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by terpfan101, November 4, 2005 4:39 PM
One of the most common anxieties among men is how they measure up. What I am referring to of course is the size of ones penis. From the onset of puberty, males experience a myriad of changes both physical and emotional. One of the more noticeable changes is that the penis starts to get bigger. There have been many studies conducted to measure the average penis size. Amongst fully-grown men, usually men who have reached the age of approximately 20, the average erect penis size is around 5-6 inches.
Below you can see the results of a study conducted by The Alfred C. Kinsey Institute for Sex Research. These results are from a sample of Caucasian college aged men.
A sample of 60 men studied by researchers at the University of California at San Francisco determined that the average size of their erect penises was 5.1 inches long and 4.9 inches in girth. A Brazilian urologist who measured 150 men reported that the average size of their erections was 5.7 inches long and 4.7 inches in girth.
The Definitive Penis Size Survey contains a variety of excellent statistics at this website that I recommend taking a look at:
Now one may see these statistics and feel that they are inadequate. However rest assured, phrases such as ďitís not the size of the boat, itís the motion of the oceanĒ really do hold truth.
Many guys question the adequacy of the size of their penis. This is a normal and common feeling especially if you are not sexually active or are considering becoming sexually active. The size of a man's penis is more than adequate for its functions, which are for sexual pleasure, and maybe reproduction (also for urinating -- but you're probably not as concerned about that!).
One thing that men can be assured of is that the size of your penis has no relation to sexual pleasure or performance. Performance is about the ability to get and maintain an erection or to provide sexual pleasure to your partner and yourself with or without an erection. Performance, then, is not really related to size -- but dependent on muscles, blood and nerve supply to the reproductive organs.
In reality sexual pleasure is related to: a person's state of mind, to respecting their partner's needs, and their own needs. During intercourse, the opening of the vagina is normally not too small or too large for any penis because it is really a "space" that is surrounded by muscular tissue and will adapt to most size penises.
There are also many ways to express sexual feeling besides intercourse. Sexual touching and intercourse can involve many different positions, methods, angles, pressures etc. that change the way it feels and may increase pleasure. Variation and experimentation will vary the sexual experience in ways that a change in penis size cannot! If you want to know more about increasing pleasure or your satisfaction with sexual experiences then experiment or talk to someone you trust.
If you are still concerned about your penis size, then talk to your health care provider. You shouldn't feel embarrassed to ask questions about your own body. Everyone develops at a different rate, but if you are concerned about how quickly you are or aren't growing -- or if you notice anything that is you feel is unusual about your penis or testicles -- again, don't be embarrassed or shy to talk to your health care provider. Remember, that old saying... it's not how long your pencil is -- it's how you write your name. Or, "it's not the wand it's the magician".