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Mystery of Penile Size

Mystery of Penile Size

A separate Fresco of Priapus found in Pompeii. This image shows how the god's penis usually appears in art, compared with the 2,000-year-old painting that shows him suffering from phimosis

A separate Fresco of Priapus found in Pompeii. This image shows how the god’s penis usually appears in art, compared with the 2,000-year-old painting that shows him suffering from phimosis

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Does the penile size matter for sex life? Yes, you bet, but how true is it in the past, at present, and in the future?

As shown in the above picture, in Greek mythology, a man with a big and erecting penis was known as Priapus and was venerated as the symbol of the god of fertility, virility, power vitality, protector of livestock, garden fruit plants, and male genitalia. More about Priapus, go to .

The worship to the penis did not just exist in the West like Greek, the people in the East like Japan and India have had special shrines and festivals to honor the power and importance of the penis (or phallus). These global social similarities in penile worship brought about the common view and respect toward the common humanity. In general, being big and up is good and well desired.

For centuries, the size of the penis has been one of the most common and concerned issues in many men’s minds. Most of them have been very embarrassed and reluctant to ask the doctors and rarely talk about it with anyone around them. They had to silently learn how to adopt and adapt to what their penis has grown and evolved over the lifetime.

Over the past 5-7 decades, the clinical understanding of the penis and its function has progressively taken its inroad into people living in an exponential manner. In the past 20 years, the knowledge of penile function has exploded notably after marching in Viagra in 1998.

Later, particularly over the past 10 years, the use of social media and online digital searches has broken the hindering effect of personal contact into the currently instant virtual effect. Consequently, more and more truth and facts of life surely including penile activities are revealed, comprehended, and accepted.

In diverting from prior worship for penile erection as the male prowess of fertility, in modern medicine, an unwanted persistent erection is called priapism, which may occur spontaneously or be induced by certain drug use or trauma.


What are the currently known truth and facts of the penis? 

– The variation of penile length and girth among race is in a wide range. Generally speaking, a length of 5-6 inches or about 12-16 cm is average for Caucasians at erection, and about 12-13 cm, for the Orientals.

For more information about the length and girth of the penis, go to the link.


How does the penile size (length and girth) affect sexuality?

To date, we have known and accepted that all physical growth of the body – of course, the penis is included, is largely genetically coded and will come to its halt after marching into the adulthood – for men, about age 18. Afterwards, all men have to learn how to adopt and adapt to what and how they have grown up. There has been no known foods or tools that can increase or lengthen the penis although, nowadays, a number of magic tools or even surgery have been touted to increase penile length, which will be explained further below.

In addition, before 2000, many clinical studies on penile size in relation to the happiness of marriage and sexuality have been done and failed to confirm that the bigger penis fails to score better in the happiness of sex life and marriage. But the studies over the past 15 years suggested that the sexual pleasure is to an extent related to penile length and thickness as further detailed in Facts and Myths About the Human Penis by Gad Saad Ph.D. These findings contradicted those of Masters and Johnson in the late 1950s to 2000. 

In 2001, a study published in BMC Women’s Health 20011:1, titled, “Penis size: Survey of female perceptions of sexual satisfaction” also confirmed that the thickness of the penis plays, to a degree, a role in sexual pleasure.

In my opinion, the available conclusion only spoke for the men studied with their own geographical and cultural demographic metrics, and will not fit all humans in the world. Of note, as the old saying, it is not the size of the boat that matters but rather the motion of the ocean. Likewise, it is not the size of the penis that matters but rather how the sexual intercourse is being played out.



Does the “small penile syndrome” exist? 

Yes, it does. This personal and social concern and insecurity have happened to a few men as described in “Penile size and the ‘small penis syndrome“, which was published in BJUI by Kevan R. Wylie and Ian Earley, First published: Full publication historyDOI: 10.1111/j.1464-410X.2007.06806.x  View/save citation. 

Most of these men with this “syndrome” are mainly the victims to some misconception about genital organs and can be effectively managed with proper counseling by stressing the understanding of the truth and facts of the penis and sexuality as discussed above. Besides, the emphasis on how to conduct sexual intercourse like that for two musicians playing a duet on a piano as described on page 45 of “PerfectSex for men & for the women who love them“.



To date, penile thickness and length, to a degree, play a role in female sexual pleasure but the majority of female partners could not say much for sure one way or another. More facts about penile size and sexuality will come along over time. For now, all men have to not only learn how to adopt and adapt to whatever their body growth has brought to them but understand how to use what they have to their best possible reach. This notion is in the line of life is a constantly changing, adjusting dynamic process of struggle to cope with reality, certainty, and uncertainty of daily living for survival, growth, and continuation from inception to eternity. 


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2 Replies to “Mystery of Penile Size”

Chin-Ti Lin, M.D.

December 9, 2017 at 7:00 pm

Hi! Gomer, Appreciate visiting this new post and leaving positive comments.
Cheers, Chin-Ti



December 9, 2017 at 6:38 pm

That’s a good post about penile size, Doc. Detailed article, with helpful links.

So, men with wrong notions about size ought to read this. I was wondering about this too, as some women feel satisfied with lesbians when in fact these lesbians don’t have penis. (lol)


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