What is the ideal penis size? According to science, we finally have an answer…

Is bigger always better?

Penis size is a bone (yes, we went there) of contention for many men and it seems like everyone has an opinion on it.

Thankfully, a team of researchers had finally come up with the definitive (read: average) penis size that women prefer and it turns out, bigger isn’t always better.

The new study has found that not only do women overwhelmingly prefer ‘average’ sized penises but we have slightly different preferences if the penis we’re encountering is a long-term lover or a one night stander you may, or may not have met on Tinder.

‘Wow’ indeed

A sample of 75 female participants were asked to handle 33 prosthetic phalluses in a range of shapes and sizes created by a 3D printer, which is surely the best use of the relatively new technology we’ve heard of yet.

They were then told to sort them into their ideal penis for their long-term partner (or ‘sex buddy’) vs a one night stand. In order to remove any racial bias or stereotype, the fake willies were all blue.

Turns out that women’s perfect penis size is 6.3 inches long and 4.8 inches around for going steady and 6.4 inches long and 5 inches around for a fling.

The average erect penis size is between 5.5 and 6.3 inches, FYI.

To give you some kind of reference point, 6.4 inches is about two (ladies) fists and two knuckles worth.

women's ideal penis size

You’ll never look at your Oyster card in the same way again…

Or just under two Oyster cards.

women's ideal penis size

6.4 inches, in stationery form

Or a glue stick and a rubber.

women's ideal penis size

The iPhone doesn’t quite make the grade

Or one and a quarter iPhone 5s.

women's ideal penis size

Three is the magic number…

Or Three Lindt Lindor chocolates (with packaging).

The results confirm that it’s not length but girth that matter more to women, as confirmed by Dr. Nicole Prause who headed up the study.

‘To maximise the chances of receiving the sexual benefits it makes sense that women might prefer a larger girth penis that brings the clitoral glans closer to the friction point and also will stimulate the crura [legs] of the clitoris internally more,’ Prause told The Daily Beast.

‘Since context matters, men should be thinking ‘fit’ rather than ‘fat’ with respect to their penis size. In other words, women may prefer different sizes for different reasons at different times, so chances are very good any guy is someone’s ideal for the relationship type they are seeking.’

So does size matter? Tweets us @marieclaireuk with your thoughts…

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