So you want to know how to measure your penis? Somehow, every guy finds himself whipping out the all-telling measuring tape at some point. It’s basically a male rite of passage. Maybe you’re measuring because you’re just curious or maybe you’re trying to find a better fitting condom. But are you measuring correctly? Let’s find out and learn the correct way to measure a penis.
Wait, what is girth? We know, “girth” is not a word that is common in a general lexicon. The definition of girth is the length around an object. In this use, we’re referring to penis girth, so the length of the penis circumference.
You can take a measurement while flaccid and one while erect. However, if measuring for a condom, use the erect measurement.
Length is a more straightforward descriptor of measurement than girth. Penis length is the length between the very base/root of the penis to the tip of the head. Forget any penis myths you’ve heard about the correlation between shoe size or hand size and penis size. The size of the penis is entirely unrelated to the size of your hands or feet.
Bingo! There’s your penis length size.
We know where your mind has gone next. What is the “normal” size of a penis? What’s the average American penis size? Well, we’ll tell you.In a recent 2014 study, researchers gathered self-reported data from 1,661 men and found the following about average penis size:
In 1996 the Journal of Urology published a lab-controlled study that reported very similar results. From a sample of 80 men, researchers found:
Fun fact: researchers found the average length change from flaccid to erect is 1.5 inches.
There has actually been scientific research conducted on the differences between being a “grower” or a “shower”.
Grower: Is defined as a penis that shows significant length growth when fully erect.
Shower: Is defined as a penis that does not significantly change in length when erect. The growers grow and the showers are already showing. If when you took measurements at your flaccid and erect state, you were bigger erect by more than 1.5 inches - you’re a grower. If the measurements are at or less than 1.5 inches - you’re a shower.
Buying and using the right size condom is extremely important to the proper function of this contraceptive and STI preventative.
There are many instances where a man is not wearing a condom that is the proper size. It might be too large, and flop around. It also might be too snug, causing rips or tears in the condom.
Measuring your penis can help you buy the correct size condom. If your penis is of average size, the “standard” size should fit your penis correctly.
If it’s significantly above average, shop for condoms labeled “large”; if it's smaller than average shop for the “snug” option.