SOURCES: Karen Boyle, MD, assistant professor of urology and director of reproductive medicine and surgery, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Laurence A. Levine, MD, professor, Rush University Medical Center and director of male sexual function and fertility, Chicago. Steven Lamm, MD, assistant professor of medicine, New York University and author, The Hardness Factor. Richard, New York. Bob, New Jersey. WebMD Medical News: "Penis-Lengthening Surgery Questioned," "Small-Penis Syndrome Questioned."
It's ironic that the male preoccupation with enhancement seems to be independent of the needs of women, the supposed benefactors of improved sexual performance. A recent study found that 85% of women are pleased with their partner's penis proportions, but 45% of men say they want a larger penis. Given that the vast majority of men fall within a certain penis size -- about 5.5 to 6.2 inches long when erect -- most men fall within the normal range.
Richard, a mechanic from upstate New York, is a muscular, athletic guy. He has a loving wife who has always enjoyed their sex life. But ever since he was a young boy, Richard couldn't get over the feeling that his penis was too small. In public bathrooms, he'd use the handicapped stall. He felt embarrassed in gym locker rooms and when standing naked before his wife. "I didn't feel manly enough," he tells WebMD.