British Study Determines The Average Penis Size

Above: Science finally has an answer to the age-old question: "What's normal?" (Photo: Andrey_Popov/Shutterstock)
Above: Science finally has an answer to the age-old question: "What's normal?" (Photo: Andrey_Popov/Shutterstock)

A new study out of Britain has calculated the “average” penis size after compiling the measurements of 15,521 different men around the world.

According to the study, published Tuesday in the urology journal BJU International, the average length of an erect penis is 5.2 inches (13.1 centimetres), with a circumference of 4.6 inches (11.7 centimetres). The average length of a flaccid penis is 3.6 inches (9.2 centimetres), with a circumference of 3.7 inches (9.3 centimetres).

The study also found that only 2.28 per cent of men measured abnormally small.

This may be the most accurate estimate so far, according to co-authors Dr. David Veale and Dr. Gordon Muir of King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in London. The results should “help doctors reassure the large majority of men that the size of their penis is in the normal range,” said Dr. David Veale after assembling the data and plotting the distribution of measurements to find the average.

The study participants were men aged 17 to 91 who had their penises measured in 20 previously published studies conducted in Europe, Asia, Africa, and the US.

The team found no evidence for penis size differences linked to race, though most of the study participants were of European and Middle Eastern descent and a full comparison could thus not be made.

Nor did the researchers find any convincing correlation between a man’s foot size and the length of his manhood.

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