What? Did they really have to do a study on penis size? They sure did.
Women aren't the only ones with body image concerns. Many men also feel the pressure to measure up to unrealistic beauty standards. In fact, for some it can be quit serious and lead to a diagnosis of Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD).
According to Dr. Martin Baggaley, medical director at the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust:
"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."
Some men worry that they're too small, but now, thanks to this study, we have a better idea of how long the average penis actually is.
The findings were sourced from 17 studies of 15,521 males across all ages and races. It was published in The British Journal of Urology.
Doctors can now help alleviate patients' "size" anxiety by showing them the results.
Men might always lie about the size of fish they catch, but they should never feel the need to lie about the size of their penis.
For those who are smaller than average, there's no need to worry. The old adage of "it's not the size that matters, it's how you use it" still holds true.
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