Phallic Fallacy - Myth and Misinformation About Penis Size
There is seldom a man who goes to a public restroom and looks at the man using the urinal next to him to compare penis sizes. Freud talked about women having penis envy and man having "size envy." Men seem to think that the size of the "member" determines the pleasure received by the partner. However, this is probably a fallacy since the partner's vagina is a collapsed structure and expands to accommodate whatever size male organ is inserted. It is the friction of the penis against the clitoris that determines the pleasure of the partner and a larger penis does not necessarily imply more friction or stimulation of the clitoris.
So what's average?
So many men have come to my office and ask if the size of their penis is normal. Needless to say, "hard" data is not readily available. 50 years ago, Alfred Kinsey and others recently have measured thousands of men's penises and the average length of the soft or flaccid penis is 31\2 inches and the average length of the erect penis is 6.5 inches. Also noted in the studies is a slight, albeit small, decrease in the size of the penis with aging. It is of interest that there is no difference in length of the soft or erect penis between circumcised and uncircumcised men.
Can a man increase the size of his penis by exercise?
There are two kinds of muscles in your body. In places like your arms and legs there is striated (or skeletal) muscles. You have conscious control over skeletal muscles; you can consciously flex these muscles (biceps, hamstrings). These muscles respond to weight training and exercise and will increase their size. However, the muscles of your penis are a totally different type of muscle. This type of muscle is called "smooth" muscle. Smooth muscle is also known as "involuntary" muscle because you do not have conscious control over these muscles. Therefore, you cannot consciously "flex" your penis and there are no exercises that you can do that will increase the size of your penis.
What are vacuum devices and do they work?
A vacuum device consists of a plastic cylinder that is placed around the penis. At the end of the cylinder a tube is connected to either a hand pump, or an electric pump, which evacuates air from the cylinder. As the air is removed from the cylinder, the penis is pulled further into the cylinder and towards the walls of the cylinder, making the penis larger. Many "penis pumpers" who have been at it for months or years will cite increases of an inch or more, though documented "hard" evidence is difficult to come by.
What about surgery to lengthen or to increase the girth of the penis?
Part of the normal man's penis is contained inside the body under the bones of the pelvis and held in place by ligaments. These ligaments can be surgically released and the penis can be lengthened a half inch to two inches. The girth of the penis can be enhanced by injection of a man's own fat under the skin of the penis using the standard liposuction technique. These procedures are often associated with complications and unacceptable results. The American Urologic Association does not recognize or recommend surgery to lengthen or enhance the girth of the penis.
The Bottom Line:
For the most part it's not the size that determines the man's or even the woman's satisfaction. It's how you use it!
Reprinted with permission from Dialog Medical, dialogmedical.com.
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