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10 Sex Questions You Might Be Afraid to Ask -- but Should

        Health | Sexuality

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Does Size Matter?
Women agree that men spend too much time worrying about how they measure up.
Women agree that men spend too much time worrying about how they measure up.
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From adolescence on, most men wonder at some point if their equipment is standard-issue, sub-standard or the potential subject of future folklore. But men shouldn't worry as much as they do: Women report that the preferred penis size of a lover is approximately 13 inches, which is about 1 inch smaller than the average male penis. Relax, pal, that was just a joke to make sure you were reading instead of measuring yourself.

The average penis is somewhere between 5 and 6 inches in length, and 5 inches in circumference. But sexual partners will prefer them how they prefer them, so there's nothing absolute when it comes to a preferred penis size. One study showed that the one thing women do seem to agree on is that men spend too much time worrying about the size of their penises. That said, many men are consumed with thoughts about length, while women are more concerned about width [source: Pertschuk].

A penis that's too large might cause discomfort or problems when it comes to the mechanics of intercourse. One that's too small may not satisfy a particular person's desires, either. Regardless of your partner's preference, cleanliness, presentation (fake Groucho Marx glasses and mustache, anyone?), sexual attentiveness and imagination will get you far down the road.

Regardless of size, do the best with what you have, and take some time to study the Kama Sutra or other such guides to sex. And remember: There's someone out there for everyone.


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