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Penis Girth - What is Average Penis Girth Size?

Whenever we think of the penis size, the first thought that comes to our minds is that of "length". In reality, however, length is not the only criteria that determine the size and health of your penis. In fact, research and studies show that it is the “thickness” or “girth” of the penis that matters the most. However, the most important question is: how?

Defining penis girth

Penis girth can be defined as the thickness of a male penis. Biologically, penis girth is the measurement of the circumference of a completely erect penis. It is variously quoted as an average of three measurements: just below the glans penis, in the middle of the shaft, and at the base.

What is the average girth of penis?

As there are variations in size and shape of penises depending on region, race and familial inheritance, there is no universal fixed penile length or girth.  The Kinsey Institute and other human sexuality researchers estimate that the average penis length is up to 6.5 inches and the average penis width (circumference) is up to 5 inches. This will be a diameter (distance across) of about 1.25 to 1.6 inches, a width about equivalent to an empty roll of scotch tape.

Is girth of the penis important?

According to many sexperts and sexologists, it is not so much the length of the penis, but the width that matters in the long run. In many ways, this is true. Girth gives strength and consistence to the penis body; during penetration the third part of a woman's vagina feels the most sensation. So when considering enlarging penis – one need to consider a method that provides both length and girth gains.

Does getting older reduce our penis length & girth?

Most researcher and physiologists agree that as the person gets older, the normal physiological phenomenon of “aging” affects almost every single organ of the body including both male and female sex organs. In men, this “aging” process directly or indirectly produces various deteriorating results.

Dr Arturs Vavere, for example, a well-known medical doctor and expert in male reproductive health suggests man’s penis should be at least 10% of their overall height.  According to him, this simple technique should give men an idea of what their ideal penis size should be.

Dr. Vavere also recommends that men that have been married or in long term relationships should   seriously consider enlarging the length and girth of their penis every 3-5 years by ¼ to 1/3 of an inch to get back the sensations for both partners and ensure strong sexual relationship.

Following contributing factors are thought to play an important role in reduced penis size and performance with age:

Secretion of testosterone is reduced: Testosterone is the single most important male sex hormone that affects sex & its frequency, growth, size and shape of the penis. Therefore like every other organ and gland of the body, with the declining age, the overall structure, performance & function of male genitalia (including penis) declines as well.

Atrophy (size reduction): Atrophy is a term used for gradually reduced “tissue size” that occurs over the period of time. In aging, muscle wasting (thinness) and reduced tissue size occurs, also affecting the penis girth (thickness).

Lesser frequency of sex / erections: Naturally, in old age, as men are at increased risk of diseases such diabetes, heart disease and obesity all of which could lead to impotency / erectile dysfunction. For the same reason, use of pills like “Viagra” is most common in people above 50 years of age.

Blood flow problems: As mentioned above, as the person gets older, he is at increased risk of several diseases including heart disease and diabetes. The basic culprit in both diseases is “fat deposition” inside the wall of our arteries over the period of time. As our arteries get narrowed, this fat deposition eventually leads to obstruction in smooth and consistent blood flow. This blood flow is the vital factor in getting and sustaining penis erection. Therefore, in old age, most people are at increased risk of impotency, erectile dysfunction & reduced penis size.

Can we enhance penis girth?

There are various methods and devices that have been used over the last few years to increase penis size. Some of these are:

Exercise: Different sorts of penis exercises e.g. weight hanging and massaging are considered the simplest way to increase penis length and girth. However, the major issue with such exercises is that often take a lot of time to produce any effects. Also, the effects are often very minute. Other methods, on the other hand, like pills or extender devices can achieve bigger results in relatively shorter time period.  

Surgery: In a typical girth-enhancement surgery, fat from the lower abdominal wall is drawn out through liposuction and injected beneath the loose skin of the penile shaft to create an illusion of thickening. Alternatively, dermal or other free grafts are layered around the penile shaft, beneath the skin sleeve, to increase girth.

However, with the passage of time, the injected fat or free grafts, both of which are avascular i.e. without blood supply, only die, a phenomenon known as necrosis. This necrosis will sooner or later cause the penis to return to its original pre-operative dimensions. Also, in the process of necrosis, fibrous nodules and a cosmetically disfigured, uneven, lumpy penile contour can all occur.


Extenders or stretchers: Out of most of the penis enlargement products, devices and methods available in the market, a good way to improve girth and overall penile fitness is to try penis extenders and stretchers.

These devices have been scientifically reported to produce natural enlargement in both thickness and length of the penis with more blood for larger, harder erections. In addition, these extenders are generally considered safe and cheap alternatives to penile enlargement surgery. Once you start using these devices, it is also worth trying with your partner to see if she feels or perceives any difference in the feeling or sensations such increase or decrease in pleasure and activity.

In most cases, female partners have reported significant enhancement in sexual stimulation and, hence, pleasure as they can feel better stimulation of vaginal walls due to increased stretching caused by your newly enlarged penis.

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