Is My Penis Too Small? Small Penis Syndrome Facts

Last modified: August 2, 2019

Richard Honaker M.D.
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Many men ask the question about penis size. Is my penis too small? But the issue is who do they ask? We get this question often on our free online doctor chat. To help with penis size questions and concerns, we compiled some information on the topic.

Interestingly, once the exam room door closes, quite a few doctors get the penis size question from men. In fact, men who do ask doctors about penis size often have another excuse that leads them into a doctor’s office.

You don’t need to make an appointment and excuse to ask a doctor about penis size. You can do it for free and anonymously online:

Men who are between the age of 20 and 40 usually have the penis question in mind. However, some older men in there 40s and 50s will be worried about size too, say doctors.

What is a Normal Penis Size?

People often think that as long as a man’s penis can get erect, they are fine with it. This is a common misconception. A lot of men actually worry about size. It is actually a self-image element men struggle with.

One of our doctors said that they had a man wondering about surgery due to his penis size. It turned out that the man had a perfectly normal sized penis. No surgery needed!

Did you know that nearly half of all men want a bigger penis? Interestingly, more than 85 percent of women are satisfied with the size of their partners’ penis.

This would indicate that most men are worrying for no reason. The insecurities about penis size when erect and limp may not be much to worry about after all. But if you want to know how big your penis is, here’s how to measure it.

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How to Measure Your Penis

Did you know that measuring penis is done when it is not erect? The best way to measure size (length) is called the stretched penis length (SPL) method. The longer your SPL, the lengthier it is erected.

SPL is measured while limp. Take a ruler and place it tightly against your pubic bone at the base of your penis. Next, stretch the penis as far as possible, but be gentle not to hurt yourself. From pubic bone to stretched tip is your true penis size.

Five inches? Guess what, your penis size is perfectly normal! The average size for adults is actually 5.25 inches and a half-inch in either direction. This is validated via various studies on size.

If you are slightly smaller than 5 inches, don’t be alarmed. In fact, this is very common. There are actually just as many men below the average as there are above.

Small Penis Syndrome

Do you have Small Penis Syndrome? This condition is when a man thinks he is not a real man due to penis size. Why do men have Small Penis Syndrome? Well, one reason is that they simply don’t know what an average penis looks like.

One study actually found that about 15 percent of men asked about size admitted they had no clue what was normal. The other reason for Small Penis Syndrome is porn.

The penis is definitely a major part of a man’s body image. However, most men actually have normal sized penises. How can you tell? Measure, relax, and talk to a doctor.

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Disclaimer: This article provides general information and is not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any disease or medical condition. If you require specific advice, please consult one of our medical professionals through the app. However, in case of an emergency, please call 911.

Reviewed Dr. Richard Honaker

Disclaimer: This article provides general information and is not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any disease or medical condition. If you require specific advice, please consult one of our medical professionals through the app. However, in case of an emergency, please call 911.

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