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Average male penis size and erect penis size classifications

Penis size is important to many men. The question of does penis size matter to the opposite sex or for
the enjoyment of sex is not addressed here. Suffice it to say that for some women penis size is important
and for others not.
The average male penis size can be measured in a variety of ways but the most important are:
1. Flaccid length (measured along the top of penis from tip to base)
2. Erect length
3. Erect girth (most easily measured around the largest circumference)
Most of the available literature concentrates on the second two measurements. This is because flaccid
penis length is difficult to measure consistently (e.g. it varies a lot during the day) and is less important for
The length of the average flaccid penis varies between 9 and 10cm. However, it can be much smaller
than and as long as 16cm or more. There is a low degree of correlation between the flaccid and erect
lengths but better correlation between the stretched flaccid length and erect length. It would seem that
locker room envy is not completely founded on facts!
There are two particularly important studies on average erect penis size. One of them was undertaken
by the Lifestyle Condom Company and the other by Kinsey and Associates (a study that is over 50 years
old now). After reviewing this data the following penis length classifications can be proposed:
1. Very small - less than 11cm.
2. Small - 11 to 14cm.
3. Average - 14 to 17cm (some studies suggest a smaller range of 12.9 to 15cm).
4. Long - 17 to 20cm.
5. Very long – more than 20cm.
And with respect to penis girth (using broad categories):
1. Thinner - less than 12cm.
2. Average - 12 to 14cm.
3. Thicker - more than 14cm.
A summary of all the data and my proposed classifications are shown below:

Erect penis length survey results and classification

Lifestyle Condom Company survey
Kinsey and Associates survey

Very small

Very long

% of men in survey






8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24
Erect length (cm)
Erect penis girth survey results and classification

Lifestyle Condom Company survey





% of men in survey



It should be noted that these studies 8are quiet
9 limited
10 in terms
11 12 of both
13 sample
14 size and
15 16 how17 poorly
18 they
represent the totality of all male populations. However, the classifications are satisfactory for the majority
of males that live in Western Europe or North America. Erect girth (cm)
One of the reasons for classifying both penis length and penis girth is that it provides a means for men to
objectively compare themselves to other men and decide if they are satisfied with their penis size. As I
described in my previous article it is possible to increase penis length and increase penis girth using a
variety of enhancement methods. Male erectile enhancement embraces methods to increase:
1. Penis length (flaccid and erect)
2. Penis girth
3. Erection hardness
4. Orgasm control and intensity