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Penis Survey Comes Up Short Recent Studies Revise Average Length of the Male Organ

By Buck Wolf

Men of the world, rejoice! The average length of an erect penis is shorter than you probably think. STORY HIGHLIGHTS The Critical Girth The Weird News Roundup

A study by Lifestyles Condom Co. shows that the average length of a male sex organ is 5.877 inches which might comfort men who previously thought they were less than average. "The Kinsey Sex Report and other penis size surveys have indicated that the length of the penis is 6.2 to 6.4 inches," says Simon Joseph, a spokesman for Lifestyles. "Our results show that about three-quarters of men fall under the average quoted by Kinsey."

"A half-inch or less might not have anything to do with how you perform sexually, but it might make a difference in how you feel about yourself."

According to the survey, about two-thirds of the 300 college-aged men ranged from between 5.1 and 6.2 inches.

This is the actual size of a Starbucks grande coffee. Please note that a grande is actually a medium. A vente is the large size. (

For those of you who don't like to deal in raw numbers, at 5.877 inches, the average penis is about the size of a Nestle Butterfinger candy bar (unwrapped) or a grande (medium) cup of coffee at Starbucks (with the sip lid). Most men vary in size between a Twix bar and a Peter Paul Mounds (with the wrapper extended).

When Alfred Kinsey did his groundbreaking research in the mid-1940s, researchers simply gave men stamped postcards. Each one simply held a postcard against his erect penis, marked how long it was, and slipped the results in the mail.

"They never had to hold a ruler against themselves," says Kinsey spokesman Jennifer Bass.

Measuring an erect penis is no easy matter. Kinsey, Masters and Johnson, and various urology groups have been satisfied with either letting the men do it themselves or with surveys of a few dozen volunteers.

But condom companies need more accurate measurements for the best-fitting products even if sex experts assure us that size doesn't matter. Lifestyles says it did the largest and most accurate measure of penis size ever just three weeks ago. Company representatives went to Cancun, Mexico, at the heart of spring break, hoping to get 1,000 guys to drop their trousers, get aroused, and let a team of nurses measure them individually.

The guys got to go into a private tent outside Daddy Rock nightclub, where they found girlie magazines and other items to put them in the mood. Then came the doctor and two nurses. Each penis was measured by two of the four nurses.

"It was a highly professional operation," said Dr. Francisco Ordonez, who supervised the research. "The nurses wore disposable latex gloves and the men were all good-humored and well-behaved."

It's amazing what some college guys on spring break will do for some free T-shirts, condoms and other prizes. The researchers thought holding the testing in such an environment, where guys tended to cluster in bunches, would help get true variety.

"In other tests, guys responded individually, and perhaps only guys who were proud of their penis size would respond," says Joseph. "In this test, we thought peer pressure would help coax guys who wouldn't ordinarily do such a thing into doing it."

Still, when it came time for measuring, about 25 percent of the guys weren't up to the job and had to face a little humiliation in the name of science.

Ordonez and his team had to be satisfied with 300 respondents. That's far fewer than they hoped for. But it's nearly twice as many as a similar study in Brazil last year, which had similar results.

The Importance of Girth

"It's absolutely important that we have the best information to make the best-fitting condom," said Carol Carrozza, Lifestyle's vice president of marketing. "If a condom is too tight, it constricts circulation. It's uncomfortable, and it reduces sensitivity. If it's too loose, that's dangerous."

Carrozza says the circumference of the penis otherwise referred to as girth is often more important than length when new condom sizes are considered. "Because of the way condoms unroll, it's really not the case that they are not long enough."

According to the study, the average erect penis had a girth of 4.972 inches. About 75 percent of men were between 4.5 and 5.5 inches.

"We already have a larger condom," says Carrozza. "What our research shows is that 17 percent of erections measured under 4.5 inches, and there might be a market for that."

Of course, once again, the frail male ego comes into play, and while condoms come in large, studded, ribbed and flavored varieties, you don't see small or petite or narrow models. We'll just have to see what kind of circumlocution the marketing folks come up with.

Any comment Pammy?

-- Jack Booted Thug (, December 27, 2001


I'm sure a lady like Pammy has politely never noticed, JBT.

-- helen (personal@experience.aside), December 27, 2001.

"For those of you who don't like to deal in raw numbers, at 5.877 inches, the average penis is about the size of a Nestle Butterfinger candy bar (unwrapped) or a grande (medium) cup of coffee at Starbucks (with the sip lid). Most men vary in size between a Twix bar and a Peter Paul Mounds (with the wrapper extended)."

I'd be happy to partake of ANY of the above. J

-- Pammy (, December 27, 2001.

Of course you would.

I myself prefer large, but hey beggars can't be choosers. LOL

-- (lorelei's@sister.trailer park), December 27, 2001.

Sorry to hear you're a beggar. By ANY, I was also referring to the candy bars and coffee... or didn't you 'get' that part? ; )

-- Pammy (, December 27, 2001.

Oh I think everyone "gets it" Pammy

-- (snickers@scores.payday), December 27, 2001.

"My God, that's a big ship."

"Not so big as her captain, I think."

--McCoy and Scott

-- helen (trek@for.every.occasion), December 27, 2001.

Helen, you really ARE getting a lot of use outta that book aren't ya? LOLOL! Good Christmas present, wish I woulda thought of that for a special someone! What's the title again?

-- Aunt Bee (, December 27, 2001.

What is the big deal about calling something a grande when it is really a medium? What is up with that?

This is the actual size of a Starbucks grande coffee. Please note that a grande is actually a medium.

-- (just, December 28, 2001.

Aunt Bee,

It's "Quotable Star Trek" by Jill Sherwin. One of the kids gave it to me. I wouldn't dream of mentioning to a child that my primary interest in ST is the possibility of seeing Patrick Stewart in the buff (again), as he was in one episode in The Next Generation. Stewart, or his body double (who cares?) has a nice tush. >;)

"Doctor, you are a sensualist."

"You bet your pointed ears I am."

--Spock and McCoy

-- helen (the@relevance.of.trek.continues), December 28, 2001.

I'm a nice person, I'm a nice person...keep telling myself that and I won't make any of the many comments that went through my head while reading this.....

***evil grin***

-- Cherri (, December 29, 2001.

C'mon, Cherri, let's figure out what to call the smaller sizes...trojan compact? GIBA -- Girth Is Better Anyway? Rogue Elf?

"Men do not roar. Women roar. Then they hurl heavy objects. And claw at you."

"What does the man do?"

"He reads love poetry. He ducks a lot."

-- Worf and Wesley, on Klingon mating rituals

-- helen (so@trek.this), December 29, 2001.

Speaking of nudity, when I was in college there was great excitement over the reported fact that "And God Created Woman" featured a nude scene, the nudie being Bridget Bardot. And that turned out to be true, sort of. The scene featured sidal nudity as Bridget ran like a bat out of hell through a room. My fraternity brothers and I were expecting more.

-- Peter Errington (, December 29, 2001.

Anticipating something is sometimes better than achieving it.

-- Jack Booted Thug (, December 29, 2001.

JBT, do you fail to achieve it often...?

"There is something attractive about a lost cause."

--Sisko to Dax

-- helen (trek@for.jbt), December 29, 2001.

The mule said to apologize NOW. I apologize, JBT.

-- helen (treks@away.quietly), December 29, 2001.

I would think!

-- Jack Booted Thug (, December 29, 2001.

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