Eighty-five per cent of women reported being satisfied with their partner’s penis size, compared to only 55% for men.

When it comes to penises, length matters more to men than to women, according to a new study that reviews more than 60 years of research and debunks numerous sex myths.

About 90% of women actually prefer a wide penis to a long one, according to two studies included in the review. Eighty-five per cent of women reported being satisfied with their partner’s penis size, compared to only 55% for men.

The review, conducted by Kevan Wylie of the Porterback Clinic and Ian Eardley Royal Hallamshire Hospital in Sheffield and St James’ Hospital in Leeds, UK, combines results from more than 50 international research projects into penis size and small penis syndrome (SPS) conducted since 1942.

"The issue of attractiveness to women is complex, but most data suggest that penile size is much lower down the list of priorities for women than such issues as a man’s personality and external grooming," they write.

Drawing upon the results of 12 studies, the review, detailed in the British Journal of Urology (BJU) International, finds that the average erect penis is about 5.5 to 6.2 inches long and about 4.7 to 5.1 inches in circumference.

The findings also deflate a few other myths about male genitalia. The notion that penis size varies according to race, for example, is false.

Another oft-repeated myth is that older men tend to have smaller penises, but Wylie and Eardley found no differences when they combined the results of all the studies together.

One surprising finding was that small penis syndrome (SPS), also known as the ‘locker room syndrome’, is much more common in men with normal sized penises than those who have so-called micropensises. An internet survey of more than 52,000 heterosexual men found that 12% thought their penises were too small, even though micropenis is estimated to affect only about 0.6% of men.

One study suggests SPS often begin at an early age. Sixty-three per cent of men with the disorder said their anxieties started with childhood comparisons, often to an elder sibling or their fathers, while 37% blamed erotic images viewed during their teenage years.

Via the Times of India