For guys, the size of their equipment is often a source of anxiety. If you're like most men, you've wondered how small is too small for a woman. But you might be surprised to learn that most women are perfectly happy with the size of their guy's penis.
More than that, size truly doesn't matter to the majority of ladies. Numerous studies show that most men overestimate what counts as the "average" size. And that a large penis isn't really a priority for women.
Understandably, a lot of men are concerned about their size. However, there is a whole slew of evidence out there that proves this concern is overblown and misplaced. If you worry about how small is too small for a woman, we're here to help. Here are six facts about penis size—and what women think about it—you should know.
It's no secret that men like to watch porn. In 2016 alone, the adult film industry raked in $13 billion. However, it's important to remember that porn is a fantasy—not reality. One of the fantasies adult films portray is that large penises are the norm. It also portrays the false idea that women only get turned on by larger-than-life erections.
In fact, the average penis measures between 4.7 inches and 6.3 inches. This means that five-inchers aren't just perfectly natural—they're incredibly common.
Just as most people don't have porn star bodies, the average guy doesn't have an oversized penis. And for the overwhelming majority of regular gals, this is more than fine. In fact, a monster penis can even be a turn-off for women.
To understand why, keep in mind that the depth of the average vagina is only 3.77 inches. So for a lady, a guy who's five inches is actually more than adequate. In fact, anything longer can cause painful intercourse for a woman.
While men might obsess about the type of heat they're packing, studies show that women really couldn't care less. A man might think his lady is secretly, mentally measuring him (especially when they're trading nudes). But chances are her mind is on other matters entirely.
In one study, an overwhelming 85 percent of women said they're completely content with the size of their man's package. By contrast, 45 percent of men reported thinking their penis was on the small side. This means that nearly half of men are worried about something the majority of women don't care about.
Even in cases where size mattered to a woman, studies show that women care more about girth than length.
This might be due to the fact that 75 percent of women don't orgasm from penetration alone. So you won't get her to have sex with you simply because you have a big one and penetration is all you can offer. Instead, the majority of ladies need clitoral stimulation to reach the big O. In one study, 9 percent of women said they've never orgasmed from penetration by itself.
While guys get off by friction against the length of their shaft, orgasms are entirely different for women. The clitoris has 8,000 nerve endings, and many of these extend one or two inches into the vaginal canal. The deeper into the vagina a man goes, the less sensation a woman feels.
In short, women derive the most pleasure from what happens outside the vagina. Not so much the action that takes place on the inside. Deeper penetration might feel amazing for a guy. But most women are more focused on stimulation of their clitoris and the surrounding area.
If you're a man who thinks he's small, you're not alone. Researchers have found that guys tend to have a skewed perception of their penis size.
According to one study, concerns about penis size plague even above-average-sized men. In the study, 30 percent of guys with larger-than-average penises thought they were too small.
In some cases, men are so overwrought about the size of their penis, they seek out surgical lengthening procedures. However, in the vast majority of cases, these men have perfectly normal penises.
Cast in point: An Italian hospital that performs lengthening surgery tracked consultations over a two-year period. It found that not one of the 67 men who sought lengthening surgery actually needed it. Rather, all of the men had a penis of normal, average size.
Researchers say this misperception might have a simple cause. Namely, a man's penis will naturally appear smaller to him when he looks straight down at his body. If you're a guy who's worried about size, try looking at yourself straight-on in a body length mirror. This avoids the optical illusion of things appearing smaller when you gaze at them from above.
There are certain health conditions that can make a man's penis incredibly small. However, this is also extremely rare.
Some males are born with a medical condition known as a micropenis, which means their penis is abnormally small. Clinically, health professionals define a micropenis as being shorter than 2¾ inches in length when erect. In most cases, doctors notice the condition when a baby is born. So this is typically not something a man would discover later on in life.
There are treatments for micropenis, which affects just 0.6 percent of men in the world. In some cases, doctors can prescribe hormone therapy, which causes the penis to grow. Doctors may also recommend a phalloplasty to lengthen the penis.
A micropenis can occur for a variety of reasons. But some researchers have linked the condition to fetal exposure to pesticides and other toxins.
As the saying goes, it's not the size that matters; it's what you do with it. In this case, the cliche happens to be true.
First, men should keep in mind that penetration alone usually won't do it for a lady. So keep that in mind when you're hooking up in an unconventional spot. In this regard, the penis isn't really all that helpful to a woman when it comes to an orgasm. Rather, 37 percent of women say they need stimulation of the clitoris to come.
On the other hand, penetration can feel good when combined with clitoral stimulation. To make it feel even better, men can go deeper by penetrating their partner from behind. If you feel like you're on the shorter side, doggy style can give you a little extra advantage.
You can also try elevating the woman's hips by placing her pelvis on a pillow or cushion. Then, have her pull her legs to her chest. This allows for deeper penetration, which can feel great for both partners.
It's normal for men to wish they could add a couple more inches to their penis. They assume that women who love sex only want partners with big penises. However, research shows that anything above average can be painful for a female partner to accommodate.
The Journal of Sexual Medicine reports that 15 percent of men have a penis longer than 7 inches. And just two percent can boast 8 inches or more.
Sexual health professionals point out that there's a good reason why the vast majority of men sport around five inches. The average man doesn't have to worry about injuring his lady during sex. For men in the seven- or eight-inch range, however, deep penetration can bump a woman's cervix, causing painful intercourse.
Men with larger-than-average penises may also find it difficult to find a condom that fits and doesn't break during sex. They're also less likely to enjoy pleasurable sex with a very petite partner who can't accommodate their full length.
Larger men may also struggle to climax—especially if their female partner is very small. Whereas women don't usually orgasm from penetration, 90 percent of men need penetration and friction to come. For the bigger fellas, a longer length can actually be a detriment.
If you're a guy, the chances are excellent that your penis is just fine. Remember that most women don't worry about it, which means you shouldn't either. So if you're just after a one night stand with a woman, there's no need to worry about her obsessing over your size. The important thing is to ask your girl what she likes in bed. And then set about delivering the kind of sex that leaves you both sated and satisfied.