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Penis Size Does Matter To Some Women, Study Claims

Posted:  Updated: 10/08/2012 2:16 pm EDT

By: Stephanie Pappas, LiveScience Senior Writer 
Published: 10/08/2012 11:36 AM EDT on LiveScience

Contrary to the reassuring catchphrase "size doesn't matter," penis size may matter in bed — but only for some women, and for certain types of orgasms.

A new study finds that women who have frequent vaginal orgasms are more likely than other women to say they climax more easily with men with larger penises. Women who tend to prefer penile-vaginal intercourse over other types of sex also say the same, researchers reported online Sept. 24 in The Journal of Sexual Medicine.

"Male anxiety about penis size may not reflect internalized, culturally arbitrarymasculine stereotypes, but an accurate appreciation that size matters to many women — just as men feel legitimate anxiety when they enter the mating market about their intelligence, personality traits, sense of humor, social status, height, wealth, and other traits known to be favored by women across cultures," study researcher Stuart Brody, a psychologist at the University of the West of Scotland, told LiveScience.

But other researchers were less convinced.

"There's such variability in preference," said Barry Komisaruk, who researches female sexual response at Rutgers University. Women who orgasm through vaginal stimulation may indeed prefer longer penises, Komisaruk told LiveScience, but not everyone prefers to orgasm that way. [10 Odd Facts About the Female Body]

"There are so many different factors," said Komisaruk, who was not involved in Brody's study. "Once it gets to the kind of specifics that they're talking about, I get wary."

The female orgasm

Both penis size and female orgasm are hot-button topics. There is still scientific debate about whether vaginal and clitoral orgasms are different phenomena. Different nerves carry signals from the vagina and from the clitoris, Komisaruk said, and stimulation of each activates different brain regions. But some researchers argue that vaginal stimulation is simply activating a different, internal, section of the clitoris. Women report different sensations from vaginal and clitoral orgasms, Komisaruk said, but which one women prefer largely comes down to personal preference.

In some cases, female orgasm is even more complex. For example, Beverly Whipple, professor emerita at Rutgers University and one of the discoverers of the G spot, a sensitive area felt through the front wall of the vagina, has found that women with complete spinal cord injuries can sometimes experience orgasm, even though the nerves that carry sensation up the spinal cord from the pelvis have been severed. It's likely that the sensory vagus nerve, which runs in the abdomen but bypasses the spinal cord, is recruited to carry signals to the brain in these cases, Whipple told LiveScience.

Other research has found that abdominal exercises induce orgasm in some women, resulting in pleasurable spasms at the gym.

Brody holds a different view, pointing to studies finding that the ability to orgasm with vaginal stimulation alone is correlated with better psychological functioning, better relationship quality and greater sexual satisfaction.

"Earlier research with a large representative sample also found that women who are made aware in their youth that the vagina is a source of women's orgasm are more likely to develop the capacity for vaginal orgasm. Therefore, those who deny these findings (and insist on maintaining the politically correct party line) are not doing women a favor, but might be injuring women's health and sexual potential," Brody wrote in an email to LiveScience.

Does size matter?

In the new study, Brody and his colleagues asked 323 women, mostly Scottish university students, to recall past sexual encounters. They were asked about their recent sexual behaviors as well as how important penile-vaginal intercourse and other sex acts were to them. They were also asked whether penis length influenced their ability to orgasm with vaginal stimulation.

Defining "average" as the length of a 20-pound banknote or U.S. dollar bill, which are 5.8 inches (14.9 cm) and 6.1 inches (15.5 cm) long, respectively, the researchers asked women if they were more likely to orgasm vaginally with a longer-than-average or shorter-than-average penis. [Macho Man: 10 Wild Facts About His Body]

They found that 160 of the women experienced vaginal-only orgasms and had enough sexual partners to compare size experiences. Of these, 33.8 percent preferred longer-than-average penises, 60 percent said size made no difference and 6.3 percent said longer was less pleasurable than shorter.

Supporting the hypothesis that size matters, Brody and his colleagues found the women who reported the highest number of vaginal orgasms in the past month were most likely to say that longer was better.

"This might be due at least in part to greater ability of a longer penis to stimulate the entire length of the vagina, and the cervix," Brody said.

Finding sexual satisfaction

The data supports Brody's claim, Whipple said, but the sample is limited to Scottish university students and should be replicated with a broader group. Nevertheless, she warned against worrying about the findings in bed.

"To me, all of this is just so goal-oriented, and it's difficult for me to see researchers setting up another goal [vaginal orgasm] for women to experience," Whipple said.

Whipple argued that sexuality is healthier when focused on the pleasure of acts from cuddling to kissing to other sexual sensations rather than the goal of reaching orgasm.

"I recommend for women to learn about themselves, learn about their body, find what they find pleasurable and enjoy that, as long as it's not exploiting another person," she said.

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by on Oct. 8, 2012 at 3:43 PM
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yourspecialkid
by Platinum Member on Oct. 8, 2012 at 6:19 PM

 LOL!  Another study that concludes the obvious!  It is a funny conversation starter for sure!  I'll be back to read some more answers and grab a few more giggles.

fmchavez
by Member on Oct. 8, 2012 at 6:22 PM

As I have heard a few times "If you can't reach bottom, beat up the sides." 

Quoting Lizardannie1966:

For some women...plus, it matters who is the captain of that boat and if he knows how to guide the ship in, yet knows to hit a few bumps of the side of the ship against the dock, causing the waves to come faster.............

Yanno.

And stuff like that.


Quoting fmchavez:

A tug boat may not make as many waves as a battleship but it's going to do a bit more than an inflatable life raft. 

Quoting Lizardannie1966:

What's that old saying? It's not the size of the ship but the motion of the ocean?

I would imagine for some women, unless that ship can at least provide some waves--for some women, hurricane force waves is preferred--then average aint' gonna do.

I've had both--big uns and wee lads. I prefer average and by the time it gets to that point, I'm already there regardless.

lol




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Lizardannie1966
by on Oct. 8, 2012 at 6:41 PM
1 mom liked this

lol ;) Love what you just wrote!!

A man who was proud of his peter

Whipped it out so his small friend could greet 'er

Said the gal they called Tigger

I've seen peepees much bigger

And an arrangement of balls much neater



Quoting fmchavez:

As I have heard a few times "If you can't reach bottom, beat up the sides." 

Quoting Lizardannie1966:

For some women...plus, it matters who is the captain of that boat and if he knows how to guide the ship in, yet knows to hit a few bumps of the side of the ship against the dock, causing the waves to come faster.............

Yanno.

And stuff like that.


Quoting fmchavez:

A tug boat may not make as many waves as a battleship but it's going to do a bit more than an inflatable life raft. 

Quoting Lizardannie1966:

What's that old saying? It's not the size of the ship but the motion of the ocean?

I would imagine for some women, unless that ship can at least provide some waves--for some women, hurricane force waves is preferred--then average aint' gonna do.

I've had both--big uns and wee lads. I prefer average and by the time it gets to that point, I'm already there regardless.

lol





fmchavez
by Member on Oct. 8, 2012 at 6:45 PM

"It might be the size of a needle but I can make it move like a sewing machine."


I love penis jokes. 

Quoting Lizardannie1966:

lol ;) Love what you just wrote!!

A man who was proud of his peter

Whipped it out so his small friend could greet 'er

Said the gal they called Tigger

I've seen peepees much bigger

And an arrangement of balls much neater



Quoting fmchavez:

As I have heard a few times "If you can't reach bottom, beat up the sides." 







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krysstizzle
by DeepThought on Oct. 8, 2012 at 6:51 PM

Color me so not surprised.

krysstizzle
by DeepThought on Oct. 8, 2012 at 6:53 PM

Ugh, I briefly dated a guy with a penis that small. So small I could not tell if we ever, actually, had sex. Penises (penii?) that tiny just gross me out. It's like they're just missing a penis and have an extra pinky finger growing out of their groin. Gag!!

Quoting UpSheRises:

I matters to me. I've got a funny story about that from my college days actually.

I had gone out with this dude for a few weeks then finally stayed the night at his house after a party. Yeah...I'm not sure whether or not we actually did it. It was that tiny. Awkward.


ZombiHunter
by on Oct. 8, 2012 at 6:54 PM
It DEFINATELY does matter. I've been fortunate enough to have been with some well-endowed men but not all of them have been good in bed.

My Husband has 9.5 inches and is exceptionally talented when using it ;)
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stacymomof2
by Ruby Member on Oct. 8, 2012 at 7:02 PM

There is a point where it is so small it does matter, IMO.  But "smaller than average" doesn't really make a difference to me.  I'm with the woman who mentioned "girth" lol.  I hate long skinny ones.  It is more fun with a big one, just for asthetics.

viv212
by Gold Member on Oct. 8, 2012 at 7:19 PM
My man's hurricane tongue is more important than his size 💋
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SilverSterling
by MrsSilverusSnape on Oct. 8, 2012 at 7:34 PM

I have been a size whore since way back... I can't say that I am surprised.. in my opinion Most woman just act like it doesnt matter when it often does.

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