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Does Penis Size Matter? Scientists Have An Answer

Does Penis Size Matter? Scientists Have An Answer

It’s the question that never dies. Men and women have been debating it for years—is it the size of the wave or the motion of the ocean? Scientists think they have an answer.

According to a new study, penis size does matter … kind of. And only for some women and for certain types of orgasms. The study, published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine, found that women who have frequent vaginal orgasms are more likely to do so with men who have larger penises. The same goes for women who say they prefer penile-vaginal intercourse over other types of sex.

The study asked 323 women to recall their past sexual encounters and answer questions about how important penile-vaginal intercourse and other sex acts were to them, along with whether or not penis length affected their ability to orgasm through vaginal stimulation. They also asked the women if they were more likely to orgasm vaginally with a longer- or shorter-than-average penis. (For those of you frantically looking for measuring tape, they defined average as between 5.8 and 6.1 inches long—about the size of a U.S. dollar bill, for handy measuring purposes.)

About half (160) of the women in the study had vaginal orgasms and enough experience to compare size experiences with past partners. That’s significantly different than the oft-quoted stat that 75 percent of women don’t orgasm through intercourse alone. Of these 160 women, 60 percent actually said size made no difference, but a statistically significant number (33.8 percent) said they preferred longer-than-average size. 6.3 percent preferred partners with shorter-than-average penises.

For some researchers, this study goes into a murky area, making women feel like there is a “right” or “better” way to orgasm. “Women who orgasm through vaginal stimulation may indeed prefer longer penises, but not everyone prefers to orgasm that way,” female sexual response researcher Barry Komisaruk told LiveScience. Beverly Whipple, one of the discoverers of the G-spot, chimes in, warning against getting worked up over these findings. “To me, all of this is just so goal-oriented, and it’s difficult for me to see researchers setting up another goal [vaginal orgasm] for women to experience,” she said.

 

 

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Diana Vilibert is a freelance writer living in Brooklyn. You can be blog-friends with her at dianavilibert.com, or tweet her at @dianavilibert.

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10:43AM PDT on Sep 17, 2014

Thanks for information :)

6:39AM PDT on Sep 16, 2014

Cool ...

7:47AM PDT on Sep 11, 2014

If it's *bigger than average*, zip it up, because they hurt me and most guys that have 'em use 'em like jackhammers!!

2:38AM PDT on Sep 11, 2014

...., it`s not what you have but what you do :-)

12:45AM PDT on Sep 11, 2014

Thanks! I can just imagine the US being full of yukky $1 bills. How many do YOU have in your purse?? LOL :-P

8:02AM PDT on Sep 10, 2014

Funny... there's one consistent factor in many of the comments: almost all the women for whom size apparently DOES matter -- and they are a minority -- seem to feel compelled to accuse all the other women of lying. I wonder why that is? Would they really stay with an abusive partner just because he had a large penis?

I also wonder how in the world some of the women in the study could be sure of measurement. When I was dating guys (I'm bi), I never took a tape measure to bed. Or dollar bills, either.

7:44AM PDT on Sep 10, 2014

1. A banana is not a penis. Granted, you can't exactly post a photo of the real article and bananas are generally more attractive anyway, but... give me a break.

2. Penis size seems to matter a great deal to men. To women, unless the thing is so big as to cause pain, it's not all that important. The skill of the operator is far more significant than than the size of the instrument, and FAR more important is the character and personality of the penis owner. Someone with the fabled "8 inches" and no brain might as well be a donkey, though that's an insult to donkeys.

3. Some women have wives, and as one such woman I can tell you - no penis is necessary for conjugal bliss.

4. I'll grant you that this article probably got lots of attention, but I notice that most of the comments are on the scornful side. And rightly so.

10:50PM PDT on Sep 9, 2014

Only men spend all night worrying about this.

10:13PM PDT on Sep 9, 2014

The perfect size is useless if it is attached to a jerk. Who wouldn't prefer a less than optimal penis but a really nice guy who is a good lover?

6:03AM PDT on Sep 8, 2014

Article completely overlooks that contemporary technology has made the male sex organ virtually obsolete where the matter concerns egg fertilization or orgasm via toys. And Nancy B I think that's backwards. You meant gender is between the ears, sex is between the legs.

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