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Penis - Bigger Not Necessarily Better

The great interest in penis size is related to several different things. First, it shows a concern for being "normal" — the same as everyone else, or certainly no worse. Second, it is related to a wish to be sexually adequate. Many people in our society believe that "bigger is better" and the myth that a big penis will provide more sexual satisfaction to a woman is widespread.

Actually, penile diameter has little physiological effect for the woman because the vagina can gradually adjust to fit a penis of any circumference (remember, it is designed, under the right conditions, to allow a baby to pass through the same opening).

The length of the penis, which determines the depth of vaginal penetration, is relatively unimportant, because it is the first one-third of the vagina that has the most nerve endings and is most responsive to physical stimulation. Penis size may, however, have positive or negative psychological significance to a woman. Some women prefer a large penis; others are put off by what they think is "too large" or "too small". Third, men may feel that a larger penis gives them an element of status and makes them more sexually attractive.

Sometimes, shortly after birth, the foreskin is removed from the penis in a procedure known as circumcision. The decision to perform a circumcision is often made for religious reasons, and in some rare cases it is necessary in order to release a foreskin that is too tight around the penis.

Many physicians and parents also feel removal of the foreskin promotes better hygiene, although with little evidence to support this claim, some now choose to forego circumcision of infant boys.

Copyright 2002 Sinclair Intimacy Institute


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