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How big is the average penis?

This big.

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THE AVERAGE FLACCID penis is 3.6 inches according to a study of 15,000 mens’ members.

A new analysis on what is “normal” has been published in the British Journal of Urology today.

The research, carried out by researchers at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLaM), found that the average length of a flaccid penis was 9.16cm (3.6 inches) and the average length of a flaccid stretched penis was 13.24cm (5.2 inches).

The average erect penis was 13.12cm (5.1 inches) in length and 11.66cm (4.5 inches) in girth.

The study will inform clinicians dealing with Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD), a serious anxiety disorder relating to body image, and could help counselling of men worried about their size.

The study included 15,521 men of all ages and races.

This is the first ever formal systemic review of penis size and the first to produce graphical representation of the data:

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Dr Martin Baggaley, medical director at SLaM, said that the study has quite serious implications.

BDD causes a person to have a distorted view of how they look and they can spend an obsessive amount of time worrying about their appearance.This can include worries over their weight, specific parts of their body and, for men, the size of their penis. This can take over someone’s life and cause a great deal of distress.

“Hopefully this new study will help reassure those many men who are concerned with their penis size and assist clinicians dealing with BDD.”

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