Penis Size

June 2018
Approximately 50% of men believe that their penises are too small. This can be damaging because many men correlate the size of the penis with their masculinity and sexuality, despite the fact that neither sexual pleasure nor fertility is linked with penile size.

Average Penile Size

A micropenis is an abnormally small penis, as measured from the pubic bone at the base of the penis to the tip. This suggests that there has been a problem in penile development from birth or throughout puberty.

The average size of the penis at rest is between 3 and 4 inches. The size of a penis at rest does not have any relation to the size during erection. Most penises increase by 75% in size when erect. An erect penis measures roughly 6.5 inches on average, with a range between 6 and 7 inches.

10% of bold dysmorphic disorder, or BDD, is linked to the unjustified fear of having a small penis. This obsession often begins during adolescence and can significantly impact sexual relationships. Treatment via cognitive behavioral therapy or anti-depressants may be required if the BDD is severe. If you are worried about the size of you penis, please consult your GP or local sexual health clinic.

Penile Enlargement

Some men are very self-conscious about the size of their penis and will seek treatment for enlargement.


Non-surgical penile enlargement methods include hormone treatments, herbs and alternative therapy, fat injection, vacuums, weights, and stretching frames. There is no medical evidence that any of the above provide long-lasting effects. (The penis can be stretched temporarily, but like an elastic band, once the treatment has stopped, it will recoil.)

Cosmetic surgery to enlarge the penis has become available in recent years. These procedures are very expensive and are not without side-effects. Erection disorders will not be solved with surgery. The most common procedure is to cut and/or lengthen the ligament at the base of the penis. This makes the penis dangle lower so that it appears longer when at rest. It does not make a difference in penile length when erect, and, in fact, means that the penis will not rise up as high as it did prior to surgery. Girth can be increased by either injecting fat or placing skin grafts around the penis. Results can be disappointing, as 90% of the fat is reabsorbed and there is little reliable evidence available for the grafts.

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