Since time immemorial, the penis has been the topic of all kinds of conversations – from jokes and lighthearted conversations to serious. Some cultures even consider the topic taboo and socially unacceptable.
One thing is certain, however. Since ancient history, nothing has better represented masculinity than the penis, and its function, girth, and length, have always been a major concern for men.
Even the Holy Bible has many references to the male organ.
For example, in the book of Genesis in the Old Testament, Abraham was told that every man must go through circumcision.
All men of Israel must be circumcised in their foreskins’ flesh. Circumcision was intended to be the sign of man’s covenant with God.
Based on the 275 BC records of Kallixeinos of Rhodes, the ancient Romans had a fixation on the penis.
They even sang praises and recited poems in honor of a 180-foot long golden start-topped phallus that they paraded through the streets of Alexandria in a festival.
Man’s great concern over the size and girth of his penis remains to true to this day.
A tiny manhood is a genuine cause of anxiety as it brings serious psychological and social repercussions that include, fear of relationships, social maladjustment, and lack of self-esteem.
Thus, it is not unusual for men to seek ways to enhance their penis to impress and satisfy their partners, and consequently, improve their self-confidence.
Having said that, there are still some lesser known but quite interesting facts about the male sex organ, as well as male erection and sexual activity that you probably didn’t know.
Here are some of them:
The Average Penis Length
When in a flaccid state, the average penis length is around 3.5”. On the other hand, an erect penis has an average length of anywhere between 5.5” and 6.4”.
Average Erection Frequency
Based on studies, men have more frequent erections during the day than during the night.
Men experience an erection an average of 11 times during the day. At night, the average number of male erections drops to 9.
Stress Is Not Good for Your Manhood
For one, your sympathetic nervous system is involved when you are under psychological stress, and it gives the same result as a cold shower.
Smoking Affects Penis Size Negatively
Your dick can shorten by up to a centimeter if you continue to smoke.
An erection needs good blood flow, and if you continue to light up those ciggies, your blood vessels will calcify, limiting the circulation to your penile shaft, effectively preventing a good erection.
You Can’t Consciously Control Your Penis
In a way, you can say that the penis has its mind. This is because you don’t have as much control over your dick compared to other parts of your body such as your legs and arms.
The male organ is controlled by a specific part of your nervous system that you do not have conscious power over.
Known as the automatic nervous system, it is also responsible for regulating your blood pressure and heart rate.
Your Penis and Erection Are Affected by Various Other Factors
A lot of different factors can cause your penis to shrink by 2 or more inches. These include going for a swim and cold weather.
There is nothing to worry about if these factors cause the shrinkage in your penis length.
The Connection between Penis Length and Erection
To-date, there has been no established connection between the penis size in its flaccid state and when it is fully erect.
In a study conducted on 80 male participants, it was discovered that the length increase from limp to erect penis state varied widely. It ranged from less than 1/4 of an inch to 3.5 inches.
Thus, you cannot just assume that a man who has a longer limp penis than another, would have a bigger erect penis.
You may be surprised that a tiny limp penis could awaken into a monstrous dick when erect.
Over a thousand measurements were taken and analyzed by Alfred Kinsey, a sex researcher.
According to Kinsey, shorter limp penises tend to gain twice more length compared to longer limp penises.
What this means is that men who have minuscule non-erect penises usually achieve around 100% length increase when sexually excited.
Men with bigger non-erect penises, on the other hand, tend to achieve only around 75% length increase.
Required Time to Regain an Erection
The average period required for men to regain erections varies. It can happen in as fast as 2 minutes to an agonizingly long 2 weeks.
The Penis Can Be “Broken?”
Although the penis doesn’t have any bones, it can still be broken. It can incur what is known as penile fracture, which is not a simple injury.
It comes with an audible snap or pop, and excruciating pain. The penis then turns black and blue.
Penile fracture is not common, and it happens usually to younger men who tend to have quite rigid erections.
You can prevent the penile fracture from happening by avoiding the rough use of your penis.
Thrusting too fast and hard during sexual penetration, and slamming into the pelvic bone of your partner, for example, commonly results in a penile fracture.
Likewise, if your partner shifts wildly while on top of you during a sexual act, your penis can snap and break.
Circumcision Does Matter
There was a time when circumcising baby boys for cosmetic and medical reasons created some controversies in the US.
The UNAIDS and WHO, in contrast, recently recommended circumcision for grown men.
This is because there has been evidence of a lower risk of HIV infection for circumcised men.
Unfortunately, based on a joint WHO and UNAIDS report, only around 30% of all males 15 years and older in the world are circumcised.
The Penis’ Boomerang Shape
If you look at an MRI image of a penis, you would notice that the penis bears a boomerang shape.
This is because similar to a big oak tree that you don’t entirely see above ground, the penis root that is tucked inside the pelvis and connected to the pelvic bone is not within sight.
Erection and Aging
Reports say that when men reach 28 years old, they lose 25% of their ability to achieve erections they had when they were 20 years old.
By age 35, their erections become 1/10 less frequent. The erection frequency will continue to dramatically decline as men age.
Penis Disease and Aging
With age, men become more prone to suffering from Peyronie's syndrome.
This is when the penis incurs excessive bending in a particular direction while having sex, which causes small tearing in the tissues.
This is what gives the dick a curved shape.
Blood Circulation Effects on Erections
According to studies, more than 75% of all males have restricted or poor blood circulation to the testicles and penis.
Lower blood flow results to lower levels of male sex hormones. This will cause a severe reduction in sexual desires and drive.
Social Impact of Bad Penis Performance
It is estimated that 1 out of 5 relationship break-ups can be blamed on sexual dysfunction.
Likewise, impotence has been included as a ground for divorce in many American states.
According to a recent survey, almost 100% of the respondents say that having a healthier, bigger penis significantly contributed to achieving an overall better quality of life.
These are only some of the little-known facts about the penis, erections and penile health.
Knowing these can help you better appreciate the importance of providing your penis the proper care it deserves.