Penis size may really matter, sex study finds

New research conducted by King’s College London examined 12 couples

Olivia Petter
Saturday 28 August 2021 15:29
Comments

Related video: New study claims men with big noses have larger penises

Does size matter? It’s an age-old question, one that is typically discussed anecdotally – up until now.

A new scientific study from King’s College London has examined the significance of penis size when it comes to sexual pleasure.

Researchers recruited 12 sexually active heterosexual couples for the study, giving the male partners a series of differently sized silicon rings that could be placed around the base of the erect penis so as to artificially reduce the depth of penetration.

The rings were designed either to make no difference to penetration or to reduce it by either an inch, 1.5 inches, or two inches.

Couples were told to have sex with each ring either three, four or five times.

The female partner was not told which ring was being used and had to rate each encounter on a scale from 0 to 100 in terms of overall sexual pleasure, sexual pleasure from intercourse, and pleasure from an emotional connection to her partner.

The study found that, on average, reducing the depth of penetration led to a statistically significant 18 per cent reduction of overall sexual pleasure with an average 15 per cent reduction in length of the penis.

The study’s lead author, David Veale, said: “We started with the premise that depth of penetration would not matter to most women. We found that reducing the depth of penetration by an inch led to a statistically meaningful drop in the amount of pleasure experienced.

“The longer the erect penis, the less likely the rings had an impact on sexual pleasure. There was, however, a range of individual responses with a minority of women reporting that reducing the depth of penetration was more pleasurable on some occasions.”

Veale said that the study could provide significant insights for men experiencing penile shortening due to various health issues.

“We need to establish effective interventions so that these men do not seek non-evidence-based solutions like pills and lotions,” he said.

However, he noted that the findings should not “be misinterpreted as meaning that increasing penile length in a normal man will increase sexual pleasure in women”.

“That would be a completely different study,” he added.

Register for free to continue reading

Registration is a free and easy way to support our truly independent journalism

By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists

Please enter a valid email
Please enter a valid email
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Please enter your first name
Special characters aren’t allowed
Please enter a name between 1 and 40 characters
Please enter your last name
Special characters aren’t allowed
Please enter a name between 1 and 40 characters
You must be over 18 years old to register
You must be over 18 years old to register
Opt-out-policy
You can opt-out at any time by signing in to your account to manage your preferences. Each email has a link to unsubscribe.

By clicking ‘Create my account’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Already have an account? sign in

By clicking ‘Register’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Register for free to continue reading

Registration is a free and easy way to support our truly independent journalism

By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists

Already have an account? sign in

By clicking ‘Register’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Join our new commenting forum

Join thought-provoking conversations, follow other Independent readers and see their replies

Comments

Thank you for registering

Please refresh the page or navigate to another page on the site to be automatically logged inPlease refresh your browser to be logged in