Fifteen Facts About Your Penis You Didn’t Know
Throughout history, the penis has defined masculinity. Discussion of the penis has been deemed taboo, socially unacceptable; and at other times, it is the topic of lighthearted conversation and jokes. Length, girth and function, however, have been an issue for men throughout history.
This is apparent in the first book of the Old Testament, Genesis, where Abraham is told, 'Every male among you shall be circumcised. You shall be circumcised in the flesh of your foreskins, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and you. The ancient Greeks were also fixated on the penis, as recorded by Kallixeinos of Rhodes in 275 BC, who described a 'golden phallus, 180 feet long'. The phallus was topped with a golden start and was carried through the streets during a festival in Alexandria, all the while people sung to it and recited poems.
Even today, penile size is a considerable concern and a source of anxiety for men of all ages throughout history. It has various social and psychological ramifications, such as social maladjustment, fear of relationships, and lack of self-confidence. Many men feel a need to enlarge their penis in order to improve their self-esteem, or to satisfy and impress their partners.
Following are some very interesting yet rarely known facts about the human penis, erection and male sexual activity.
1. Average length of the penis: The average length of penis when not erect is 3.5 inches. Similarly, average length when the penis is erect is 5.5 to 6.4 inches.
2. It has a mind of its own: It's true that you have less command over your penis than body parts like your arms and legs. That's because the penis answers to a part of the nervous system that's not always under your conscious control. This is called the autonomic nervous system, which also regulates heart rate and blood pressure.
3. Time needed to regain an erection: The average amount of time needed for a man to regain erection ranges from 2 min to 2 week.
4. Average frequency of erections: The average number of erections per day for a man is 11. Similarly, the average number of erections per night is 9.
5. Stress is bad for your penis: Psychological stress also involves the sympathetic nervous system, and stress has the same effect as a cold shower.
6. Smoking can shorten your penis: Smoking can shorten your penis by as much as a centimeter. Erections are all about good blood flow, and lighting up calcifies blood vessels, stifling erectile circulation.
7. Other factors that can affect your penis and erection: Many other factors can cause a temporary shrinkage of two inches or more, for instance cold weather or going swimming. If this is the case, you need not worry if you happen to fall short of the average figure.
8. The erection & length connection: Among men, there is no consistent relationship between the size of the flaccid penis and its full erect length. In one study of 80 men, researchers found that increases from flaccid to erect lengths ranged widely, from less than a quarter inch to 3.5 inches longer. It means, you can't assume that a man with a big limp penis gets much bigger with an erection. And the man whose penis looks tiny could surprise you with a big erection.
An analysis of more than thousand measurements taken by sex researcher Alfred Kinsey shows that shorter flaccid penises tend to gain about twice as much length as longer flaccid penises. In other words, the man whose non-erect penis is smallish will usually achieve about a 100 per cent increase in length during sexual excitement. Similarly, the man whose non-erect penis is on the largish size will probably manage about a 75 per cent increase.
9. It has a Boomerang shape: In an MRI picture, the penis looks distinctly boomerang-like. Just like you don't see all of a big oak tree above ground, you don't see the root of your penis tucked up inside your pelvis and attached to your pubic bone.
10. Can you break your penis? While there is no "penis bone," you can still break your penis all the same. It's called penile fracture, and it's not a subtle injury. When it happens, there is an audible pop or snap. Then the penis turns black and blue and there's terrible pain. Penile fracture is rare, and it typically happens to younger men because their erections tend to be quite rigid. However, you can avoid penile fracture by not using your penis too roughly. For example, a common way that penile fracture happens is when a man is thrusting too hard and fast during sex, and slams into his partner's pubic bone. Also, a woman who moves wildly while on top of a man during sex can break a man's penis.
11. Does circumcision matter? The practice of circumcising baby boys for medical and cosmetic reasons has become controversial in the U.S. But recently the World Health Organization (WHO) and the UUNAIDS recommended circumcision for adult men, based upon evidence that men with circumcised penises have a lower risk of being infected with HIV. However, unfortunately, a report by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV /AIDS (UNAIDS) estimates that worldwide only 30 percent of males aged 15 and up are circumcised.
12. Aging & erection: By the age of 28, 95% of men cannot attain erections 1/4 as often as they did at age 20. And by the age of 35, erections are less than 1/10 as frequent. As men age, the frequency of erections continues to decrease dramatically.
13. Aging and penis disease: As men get older they’re more likely to suffer from a condition called Peyronie's syndrome – if their penis bends too much in a certain way during sex it causes small tears in the tissue and gives the penis a curved shape.
14. The effect of blood circulation on the erection: Studies have shown that over 75% of all men have poor or restricted blood circulation to the penis and testicles. Decreased blood flow lowers the male sex hormone, causing an alarming drop in sex drive and desire.
15. Social impact due to bad penis performance: According to an estimate, one out of every five (1 in 5) break-ups is due to sexual dysfunction. Also, impotence is grounds for divorce in 24 American states. In a recent survey, nearly 100% of the people admit that having a larger, healthier penis has greatly improved the quality of their life.