Study: Do Women Really Care About Penis Size?

Life & Love | Gerren Keith Gaynor | 06/10/2014 | 11:30 AM EDT

Women say girth matters more than length

Does size really matter? That’s a question women are often asked, and one study may have found a definitive answer.

In the study, 41 women were asked to pick the preferred penis size of their sexual partner for a one-night stand and for a long-term relationship. The women viewed and handled model penises made on a 3D printer, which were blue and ranged in size from 4 inches long and 2.5 inches in circumference to 8.5 inches long and 7 inches in circumference.

For one night stands, women selected penis models with slightly larger girth, on average, than those they selected for long-term relationships.


However, there was no difference in length between the penises they preferred for one-time partners versus those they preferred for long-term partners: In either case, women tended to choose penises that were about 6.5 inches long.

The vagina has many pressure-sensitive nerve endings that detect sensations of stretching, and such sensors may be finely tuned to detect variations in penis girth, researchers said. A penis with larger girth may also bring the clitoris closer to the vagina during sex, which has been suggested to help with achieving orgasm. They also point out that on the other hand, longer penis length may lead to cervical pain.

The Huffington Post

Previous studies on whether penis size matters have had mixed results: A 2012 study of more than 300 women found that 60 percent said penis size made no difference to them, but that those who frequently experienced vaginal orgasms were more likely to prefer longer penises. And a study published last year found that whether women prefer larger penises depends on the proportions of the man's body, with larger penises being more important to them in bigger men.

In a second part of the new study, women were given one of the penis models and allowed to examine it for 30 seconds. They were then asked to pick that same model from a bin of 33 models, either immediately or after completing a 10-minute survey to allow time to pass. After completing the 10-minute survey, women tended to overestimate the size of the penis they had previously examined, the study found.

(Photo: Rob Melnychuk/Corbis)

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