A Sex Expert On Why Size Doesn’t Matter

The bottom line about one of men's biggest concerns.

Men are often insecure about the size of their penis. Advertising could be a reason why. (Getty)

By Chase Hill

Men’s Health recently sat down with Debra Herbenick, Ph.D., M.P.H., a professor and the director of the Center for Sexual Health Promotion at Indiana University Bloomington, to talk about penis size and men’s (misplaced) insecurities about their anatomy.

According to Herbenick, the average penis size is about 5.6 inches erect, ranging between 4 and 6.25 inches.

“A lot of these email marketing campaigns for pills that are supposed to make you bigger talk about the average penis size being seven inches long,” she told Men’s Health. “No study has ever found an average penis size of seven inches long. So, we get emails from men who are in the fives or even six inches and have been led to believe that they’re smaller than average.”

Regardless,  size doesn’t hold a candle to the emotional connection one might have with their partner while they have sex, according to Herbenick. “Studies that have looked at physical characteristics like genital size compared to the emotional characteristics, like how connected people feel always find that connection trumps size. Size is just one small factor; it’s not the primary factor why somebody is with a partner.”