This Study Answers THE Question: Does Size Matter?
In a recent UCLA study, researchers tackled the age old question “Does Size Matter”, and this time, they brought props! Armed with 33 different 3D Printed penis models, ranging in length (from 4 inches to 8.5 inches long) and girth (2.5 inches to 7 inches in circumference), they sought to shine a light on females preferences for penis size, depending on the type of sexual interaction.
This study asked 41 female participants to view and handle 33 different penis models, ranging in size and length, and then asked to choose which of the models they would prefer for a one-night stand, and which they would want for a long-term partner.
Surprisingly, there were no significant findings regarding preferred penis length (most women tended to select penises that were around 6.5 inches long). However, on average, participants showed a preference for models with slightly larger girth for one-night stands in comparison to selections for long-term lovers.
As it turns out, for one-time partners, size does matter. However, the size women seem to be looking for has more to do with girth than length. Undergraduate researcher Shannon Leung offers a theory that longer penises may cause women to experience cervical pain during intercourse. This could explain why women tended toward models with a more moderate length.
Why go for girth, then? First of all, the vagina has sensitive nerve endings that experience sensations of stretching, and may detect more of these sensations during intercourse with a penis of larger girth. Also, penises with more girth may bring the ever-popular clitoris closer to the vagina during penetration, which has been found to cause or enhance the female orgasm.
While previous studies have tested the same size question, and received mixed results, this UCLA study was the first to employ 3D printed models, meaning that the women could actually hold them in their hands. While the terms “small”, “medium” and “large” could have different meanings to different participants, the 3D models provided physical representation of the subjects, thus producing more straightforward results.
As a second part to the study, the women were allowed to examine one of the penis models for 30 seconds. Either immediately after, or following a 10-minute survey, the participants were then asked to select that same model from a bin containing all 33. The results showed that the women who waited 10 minutes tended to overestimate the size of the penis they had been examining.
The findings of this second study should provide reassurance to the thousands of men who have insecurities regarding the size of their equipment, because as it turns out, women may remember penises being bigger than they actually were. Put down the penis pumps guys- You’re going to be just fine!
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