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Men more obsessed with penis size than women

A 60-year old research founds that men are more worried about the size of their penis than their partners.

sex and relationships Updated: Aug 22, 2013 12:14 IST

Women might be more interested in a man’s personality than the size of his manhood, but it’s the men who can’t seem to get over the fact that bigger is not necessarily better.

Based on a 60 year old research review, researchers state that men are more obsessed by their size of their penis than women.In fact, so deep runs this obsession, that it can have men breaking out into a cold sweat even if they are average size.

Dr Kevan Wylie from the Porterbrook Clinic and Royal Hallamshire Hospital, Sheffield, UK, teamed up with Mr Ian Eardley from St James’ Hospital in Leeds to bring together the findings of more than 50 international research projects into penile size and small penis syndrome carried out since 1942.

By drawing together the results of 12 studies that measured the penises of 11,531 men, they discovered that average erect penises ranged from 14-16cms (5.5 to 6.2 inches) in length and 12-13cm (4.7 to 5.1 inches) in girt

Based on their findings, they report that men often have a better body image, genital image and sexual confidence if they have a large penis.

Among the studies in the review was one survey of over 50,000 heterosexual men and women, in which 66 per cent of men said their penis was average sized, showed that 85 per cent of women were satisfied with their partner’s penile size, but only 55 per cent of men were satisfied.

Two other studies reported that 90 per cent of women prefer a wide penis to a long one.

Other studies pointed out that the issue of male attractiveness was complex, but that penile size was not the most important factor for women.

Dr Wylie said that the review showed that it is “very common” for men to worry about the size of their penis. However, he added that the review also showed how important it was that these worries not be dismissed as doing so only serves to heighten anxiety.

“It is very common for men to worry about the size of their penis and it is important that these concerns aren’t dismissed as this can heighten concerns and anxieties” says Dr Wylie.

“It is helpful to normalise the situation and provide as much accurate information as possible, as many men either lack any information or have been misinformed.

“This extensive review aims to provide clinicians with an overarching summary of the many research projects that have been carried out into penile size and small penis syndrome,” he added.