Does Size Really Matter?
The Doctors send comedienne Loni Love out on the streets to get the long and short on whether the size of a man’s genitalia is truly equated with better female satisfaction.
The Doctors take on the age-old debate: Does a man’s size affect his results in the bedroom?
“Whether you’re a wide receiver, or you go long, it really doesn’t matter. It’s what you do with what you have,” OB/GYN Dr. Lisa Masterson says. “Women can orgasm from so many different erogenous zones, and the more that a partner knows their partner’s erogenous zones, the more they’ll be able to do with what they have,” she adds.
“Penis sizes are different.” E.R. physician Dr. Travis Stork says. “The average penis length, when not erect, for men, is 3-and-a-half inches. Most men are between 5-and-a-half and 6.2 inches when erect." In extremely rare cases, men can suffer from a condition called microphallus, which may require a penile enlargement procedure; however, most surgeons caution against undergoing this procedure, as the results are far from perfected and men are often left with deformities.
Plastic surgeon Dr. Andrew Ordon explains that there really is no tried and true method to increase the size of your penis. “So, lose some weight, get those abs in shape, [do] a little manscaping and [your penis] is going to look a lot [bigger]," he says.
Anatomically Speaking ...
Dr. Lisa explains that the average woman’s vagina is approximately four inches long and the average man’s penis is approximately five to six inches when erect, and three to four inches when flaccid; therefore, size is really a moot point. Dr. Lisa encourages men to concentrate on the other ways they can satisfy and pleasure a woman, rather than focus on the size of their genitalia.
A measurement of the female anatomy may mean the difference between "Oh ..." and "OH!"
"Research suggests that the clitoral-vaginal distance, and I'm just reporting what I've read," Dr. Travis says, "is that the optimal distance is 2.5 centimeters [apart] to have an orgasm."
If the distance between the hood of the clitoris and the vaginal opening is shorter than 2.5 centimeters, the movement of the penis will create more friction and increase the chance of orgasm.
"So many women think they can have orgasms just by sex alone," Dr. Lisa says. "Seventy-five percent of women, most women, do not have orgasm by [vaginal] sex alone.
"People ask, ‘Which one is better: a clitoral orgasm or a vaginal orgasm?'" Dr. Lisa states. "It really doesn't matter. An orgasm is an orgasm is an orgasm. We have to be more sex-positive, because women who are more positive about their bodies are going to have more orgasms.
"Only seven percent of women have orgasm from vaginal penetration, so guess how many people are faking it? "[Women] need to communicate more [and] be more sex-positive. And find out what buttons to push, guys!"
• Learn the physical signs of a real orgasm, and the benefits of self-pleasuring to pinpoint your sexual needs.
• World-renowned psychosexual therapist Dr. Ruth Westheimer's tips for improving a man's sexual recovery time.
Shrinkage "Down There"
Male genital shrinkage is a matter of survival; men have sympathetic nerves that respond to stress, like cold weather, as a protective mechanism. In a situation where the penis needs more protection, it will constrict to stay out of harm's way.
The health of a man's penis reflects his overall health. If long-term shrinkage occurs, make sure to consult your doctor to determine the cause and discuss whether treatment is needed.
Debunking “Down There” Myths
Does yellow dye #5 affect sperm count? Do testosterone supplements cause shrinkage “down there?” Dr. Dudley Danoff, board-certified urologist and author of Penis Power, joins The Doctors to help clarify fact from fiction regarding men’s private parts.
Life Cycle of the Male Anatomy
Male puberty begins anywhere from age 9 to 14. The testicles enlarge, pubic hair grows, and the penis grows in length and girth.
Generally, a boy's genitalia will complete its growth two years after he stops growing in height. As a man ages, so does his penis. The organ will change in size and appearance, and his sexual function will decline. As a man gets older, testosterone levels drop, which makes it more difficult to achieve an erection and experience an orgasm. The penis gradually becomes less sensitive and requires more stimulation to perform.
In addition, semen volume and sperm quality plunge precipitously between the ages of 40 and 70, and potency also falls from 60 percent to approximately 30 percent.