4 Myths & Facts: Penis Size

July 11, 2022
Myth Busters

Penis size - is one of the most talked-about topics in sexual health, but also one that has been the victim of many rumors resulting in many insecurities and unrealistic expectations. We’re here to bust some common misconceptions and myths around Penis size - the length, the girth, the foreskin, all of it.

Myth: A penis with a smaller girth (width) isn’t good for sex
The entertainment industry and the media have provided very unrealistic expectations of sex and the parts required to accomplish it. You should always remember that there is no ideal penis length or girth that leads to the best sex. There are preferences, yes, but all penis sizes are just fine and are perfectly capable of satisfiable sex.

Myth: The penis can be made larger or longer.
While anatomical conditions such as Phimosis and/or Paraphimosis, and Peyronie’s disease can be treated through surgical methods, the penis can’t be made larger or longer. Penile lengthening is considered to be an unsafe and ineffective procedure as per the American Urological Association (AUA).

Myth: A large penis is the only thing that leads to orgasms and pleasurable sex.
There is a huge fascination about having an “ideal penis”, however, the truth is that preferences are subjective. While a ‘large penis’ can lead to satisfactory sex, so can one that isn’t large. Size is not directly correlated with pleasure, orgasms, or satisfiable sex. Men commonly worry that the size of their penis is "too small." However, the fact is that a micro penis is less than 3 inches when erect - anything above 3 inches when erect is normal. While it is common for men to feel insecure about this, most people do not care about size. 

Myth: The penis is considered to be ‘small’ if it is anything below 6-7 inches.
This is an absolute myth - A small penis medically referred to as a Micropenis is when the stretched penile length (SPL) is roughly less than 3 inches (7.62 cm), therefore, anything above 3 inches when stretched is considered to be perfectly fine. 

Medically reviewed by Dr. Sandip Deshpande.

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