Penis size is a taboo subject but one that can drastically influence the lives of men. For many, the size of their manhood can affect their self-confidence. Men often believe it’s a measure of their manliness and sexual capability, which can lead to low self-esteem. The importance of a man's penis size to their self-image is ingrained in our culture. It's even become a running joke that men with luxury items such as sports cars are compensating for having a small penis.
Studies show that only 55% of men are happy with their penis size. When penis measurements get shared between friends for comparison, it's usually the length that's referred to, rather than the girth. Despite being a measurement that gets frequently overlooked, the girth of a man's penis is more important to many women than its length.
Despite being a measurement that gets frequently overlooked, the girth of a man's penis is more important to many women than its length.
It’s common for men who are not satisfied with the size of their penis to take matters into their own hands. Before they know it, they’re searching online for the “best ways to increase the girth of your penis”. In this article, we’ll be exploring some of the techniques used by men who try to increase their girth naturally. In addition to busting some myths and misconceptions surrounding penis size.
Common techniques used for trying to increase penis girth
Jelqing is an exercise that’s widely used by men in an attempt to increase the length and girth of their penises. The technique involves massaging the penis in a stretching motion, starting at the base and moving downwards to the tip of the penis. The index finger and thumb form an “OK” gesture, which is used to apply light pressure around the diameter of the penis during the exercise. The exercise is generally carried out between 5 and 20 minute periods.
The theory behind the exercise is that the penis becomes enlarged due to micro tears created during the stretching process. This logic shares the same principles associated with muscle growth in bodybuilding; muscles need to be ripped before being repaired and growing larger.
The technique involves massaging the penis in a stretching motion, starting at the base and moving downwards to the tip of the penis.
Question marks surround the effectiveness of jelqing for increasing penis size. The penile tissue doesn’t share the same biological make-up compared to the muscles targeted by bodybuilders and won’t respond in the same way when being torn. Therefore, it’s highly likely that the theory behind the exercise is flawed. Although the exercises are widely used among online communities, there’s no scientific evidence backing up the claims that jelqing leads to a long-term increase in penis size.
Jelqing is not widely accepted by the medical community and there’s no standardized process for carrying out the exercises. Given the pressure applied to the penis during jelqing, it leads to inevitable risk for participants.
Possible risks of Jelqing
- Penile bruising
- Skin irritation
- Injury leading to erectile dysfunction
- Increased risk of Peyronie’s disease (curved erections causing pain)
Penile clamps are a device used to treat male urinary incontinence. The idea is that they compress the urethra and prevent urine from leaking from the penis while reducing minimal blood flow. Some men use clamps in an attempt to stretch the penis and make lasting increases to their penile girth and length.
Some men use clamps in an attempt to stretch the penis and make lasting increases to their penile girth and length.
There is no evidence to verify that clamping is an effective technique for penis enlargement. There’s also very limited information available on clamping in a penis enlargement context, which is a cause for concern. With no regulated advice surrounding clamping, men partaking in this could be putting themselves at risk of long-term damage.
Possible risks of clamping
- Urethral erosion
- Damage to penile tissue
- Blood flow issues
Penis pumps are made up of a plastic tube, a pump and a constriction ring. They are known to be an effective method for treating erectile dysfunction without the need for medication or more invasive treatment. They work by drawing blood into the penis and making it swell, leading to an increase in size. Penis pumps are commonly used to get an errection before sexual intercourse.
Due to the rapid increase in penis mass after using a pump, some men are led to believe that regularly using one will lead to long-term gains in penis size. However, there is no scientific evidence to validate these beliefs. Problems can occur if a penis pump is misused, for example when they’re used to try and achieve long term penis enlargement. Using a penis pump too often can cause damage to penile tissue and result in weaker erections.
Due to the rapid increase in penis mass after using a pump, some men are led to believe that regularly using one will lead to long-term gains in penis size.
Penis pumps are a great tool when put to their intended use: drawing blood into the penis to help encourage and maintain an erection. However, it’s important to remember that lasting penile enlargement is not their intended function and using one for this may put you at risk.
Possible risks of penis pumps:
- Pain and bruising
- Painful ejaculation
- Skin numbness
- Burst blood vessels
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Hormone therapy suggests that a hormone deficiency may be related to the development of a micropenis.
Hormone therapy has been found to yield impressive results when treating children who presented with a micropenis. A study found that after 8 weeks of hormonal treatment, the stretched length of a micropenis went from 15.54mm to 37.18mm in children under age 11 and from 26.42mm to 64.28mm in children older than age 11. Although the treatment is well documented in treating children with micropenises there’s less information available on its effectiveness in adults.
If you’re considering hormone therapy, it’s important to consult a medical professional. They can offer a professional opinion on its suitability and advice on administration. A doctor can also help clarify the risks of hormone therapy and highlight any potential susceptibility based on your medical history.
Possible risks of hormone therapy
- Acne and skin reactions
- Reduced sperm production and reduced testicle size
- Breast development
- An increase in prostate size
- Cause difficulty sleeping
- Increased red blood cell production and risks of blood clots
Penis enlargement surgery involves adding silicone implants, skin grafts or fat cells to the penis to increase its size. Although penis enlargement surgery is an option often explored by men, only a minority need it. The Urology Care Foundation (UCF) stated that penis enlargement surgery is only necessary if someone has a micropenis. Despite this, it’s common for men with an average sized fully functional penises to seek penile enlargement surgery.
Summary of the different types of penis enlargement surgery:
|Silicone implants||The insertion of silicone under the skin of the penis increases its length and girth.|
|Fat transfers||Fat is removed from other areas of the body and injected into the shaft of the penis.|
|Suspensory ligament division||Makes the flaccid penis appear longer by removing the ligament attaching the penis to the pubic bone.|
The American Urological Association (AUA) reported that both the injection of fat cells into the penis and surgery to cut the suspensory ligament isn’t shown to be safe or effective. The only FDA-approved cosmetic surgery to increase the size of the penis is the Penuma implant.
Possible risks of penis enlargement surgery
- Sexual disability
- Penis deformity
- Changes in penis shape
- Swelling or bruising
- Loss of sensation
What is penis girth?
Penis girth is a measurement which refers to the width of a penis. To measure the girth of a penis, use a measuring tape and wrap it around the thickest part of the shaft. When it comes to penile measurements, the girth of the penis is often overshadowed by the length.
Penile length is the measurement that most men focus on, with a long penis often leading to bragging rights. Despite this, research shows that length isn’t nearly as important as most men think it is. In one study, 20% of women identified that the length of a penis was important, whilst 1% claimed it was very important.
Furthermore, a survey found that 45 out of 50 female participants felt the width of the penis holds more importance for sexual satisfaction than length does. Taken together, these studies suggest that the vast majority of women don't care about penis length. The girth on the other hand, holds a lot more significance.
A survey found that 45 out of 50 female participants felt the width of the penis holds more importance for sexual satisfaction than length does.
What is the average penis girth?
The average girth measurement for a flaccid penis is 9.31 cm or 3.66 inches and 11.66 cm or 4.59 inches for an erect penis. This data is based on findings from the British Journal of Urology International which synthesizes data from 17 academic papers, containing measurements from a total of 15,521 men worldwide.
Capturing good quality data on penile measurements has been difficult in the past. Penile measurements are closely attached to the male ego and many early studies relied heavily on self-reported data. This is likely to have led to skewed and biased data, as it may include overestimations and incorrect measuring techniques.
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Factors that influence the girth of a human penis
Various factors can affect girth, but the most powerful influence on a man's penile girth is his genetics. Genes help form our physical appearance and humans inherit two copies of each gene (one from each parent). Groups of genes are known as chromosomes.
Various factors can affect girth, but the most powerful influence on a man's penile girth is his genetics.
Humans have 23 pairs of chromosomes, with one of these sets making up the sex chromosomes. The sex chromosomes are crucial for determining our sexual characteristics. Males inherit a Y chromosome from their male parent and an X chromosome from their female parent.
As you may have guessed, the Y chromosome is responsible for the development of the male genitalia. However, the Y chromosome doesn’t necessarily determine the size of the sexual organs. In fact, this development may be dependent on the X chromosome. Individual genes (rather than hereditary) can also influence the girth of a penis, with genetic mutations potentially affecting the penile physical development.
Male sexual hormones such as testosterone are crucial for male sexual development, which includes the penis and testicles. Hormones are responsible for the development of the penis from when a male is in the womb. During the fetal stages, testosterone is converted to Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) by the genital tubercle. This helps to ensure the primordial structure develops into a male penis rather than a female clitoris.
During puberty, testosterone plays a vital role in penile growth by influencing the final size a penis will reach during adulthood. This may be why treatment has been found to be so effective in males of the pubescent age range, as described in the hormone therapy section.
During puberty, testosterone plays a vital role in penile growth by influencing the final size a penis will reach during adulthood.
Like hormones, nutrition may impact the development of the penis even while a male is still in the womb. Malnutrition even during the infantile stages has been found to cause delays in sexual maturation. Nutrition has been said to be one of the most important influences on pubertal development. Balanced and healthy food consumption is vital for growth and development during puberty.
Eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia may delay puberty as a result of malnutrition. As puberty is such a key stage for penile growth, delayed onset of pubertal development may be detrimental to the final size of the adult penis.
As puberty is such a key stage for penile growth, delayed onset of pubertal development may be detrimental to the final size of the adult penis.
Although genetics, hormones and nutrition appear to be the three largest influences on human penis size, environmental factors may also affect penis size. Some research suggests that exposure to chemicals or pollution can cause abnormalities in sexual organs. A study found that boys who were exposed to polychlorinated biphenyls (a type of industrial chemical) whilst in their mother's womb ended up with smaller penises, as a result of a polluted environment.
Although genetics, hormones and nutrition appear to be the three largest influences on human penis size, environmental factors may also affect penis size.
Factors that don't influence the girth of a human penis
Some people believe that masturbation can affect penile growth. However, there’s no scientific evidence to back up this claim. Masturbation may temporarily increase the size of a penis as it encourages an erection but there are no lasting penis size changes associated with masturbation.
Masturbation may temporarily increase the size of a penis as it encourages an erection but there are no lasting penis size changes associated with masturbation.
Penis girth myths
A larger penis gives your partner more pleasure
Given the hype surrounding penis size, it’s led to many men believing that if their penis was larger then they would become better lovers. This is completely untrue. There’s a reason that phrases such as “it’s not about size, it’s what you do with it that counts” exist. Plenty of men would become much better in bed if they spent as much time focusing on their partners sexual preferences rather than worrying about their penis size.
Plenty of men would become much better in bed if they spent as much time focusing on their partners sexual preferences rather than worrying about their penis size.
Penis size is a dealbreaker for female partners
Despite how many men obsess over the size of their penis, you might be interested to learn that females aren’t nearly as concerned by penis size as men. Studies show that as many as 45% of men aren’t happy with the size of their penis. Meanwhile, studies into women's attitudes towards penis size indicated that 77% of women found penis size “unimportant” or “totally unimportant”.
Studies into women's attitudes towards penis size indicated that 77% of women found penis size “unimportant” or “totally unimportant”.
Men with large penises are more masculine
Society's expectations and pressures can often lead men to believe that a large penis is a prerequisite for being a “real man”. Publications have identified that a man's masculinity has nothing to do with the size of his penis. These views have been labeled as stereotypical, toxic and sexist.
Publications have identified that a man's masculinity has nothing to do with the size of his penis.
A flaccid penises size indicates erection size
People often assume that a small flaccid penis indicative of the penis size in an erect state. However, smaller flaccid penises typically increase by a larger amount compared to generously sized flaccid penises. You may have heard of the phrase, “it’s a grower, not a shower”. With so much variation in size between a flaccid penis and one that’s erect, it’s impossible to tell how large a penis will be when it’s erect based on its flaccid size.
Big feet equals a big penis
Have you ever heard someone say “you know what people say about big feet”? There’s a common misconception that big feet mean that someone also has a big penis. This claim is untrue and there is no relation between the size of a man's feet and their penis.