Size really is important as a link has been found between men’s height and the length of their penis, according to new research led by doctors at a local health trust.
A ‘standard procedure’ was used to take the manhood measurements from more than 15,000 men of different ages and races.
The seventeen studies led by the Camberwell-based South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLaM) and the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience at King’s College London, produced length and girth graphs so men can see how they measure up.
The research revealed the average length of a flaccid penis to be 9.16 cm. In the ‘flaccid stretched’ category, the average length is 13.24 cm, and for an erect penis it is 13.12 cm.
The average girth came in at 9.31 cm, with a typical erect penis swelling to 11.66 cm.
The research is the first of its kind to produce girth graphs and may lead to an uplift in sales of men’s platform shoes after a ‘small correlation’ was found between erect length and the participant’s height.
The findings were published in the British Journal of Urology last week, will be used to help clinicians to support men with Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD), a serious anxiety disorder relating to body image.
Dr Martin Baggaley, medical director at SLaM, said: “BDD causes a person to have a distorted view of how they look and they can spend an obsessive amount of time worrying about their appearance. This can include worries over their weight, specific parts of their body and, for men, the size of their penis. This can take over someone’s life and cause a great deal of distress.
“Hopefully this new study will help reassure those many men who are concerned with their penis size and assist clinicians dealing with BDD.”