Original Article

International Journal of Impotence Research (2007) 19, 558–563; doi:10.1038/sj.ijir.3901569; published online 14 June 2007

Penile length and circumference: an Indian study

K Promodu1, K V Shanmughadas2, S Bhat3 and K R Nair1

  1. 1Dr Promodu's Institute of Sexual & Marital Health, Panampilly Nagar, Kochi, Kerala, India
  2. 2Department of Urology, Medical College, Calicut, Kerala, India
  3. 3Department of Urology, Medical College, Kottayam, Kerala, India

Correspondence: Dr K Promodu, Dr Promodu's Institute of Sexual & Marital Health, G-255, Cross Road 11, Panampilly Nagar, Kochi, Kerala 682 036, India. E-mail: drpromodu@yahoo.com

Received 13 July 2006; Revised 19 March 2007; Accepted 23 March 2007; Published online 14 June 2007.



Apprehension about the normal size of penis is a major concern for men. Aim of the present investigation is to estimate the penile length and circumference of Indian males and to compare the results with the data from other countries. Results will help in counseling the patients worried about the penile size and seeking penis enlargement surgery. Penile length in flaccid and stretched conditions and circumference were measured in a group of 301 physically normal men. Erected length and circumference were measured for 93 subjects. Mean flaccid length was found to be 8.21 cm, mean stretched length 10.88 cm and circumference 9.14 cm. Mean erected length was found to be 13.01 cm and erected circumference was 11.46 cm. Penile dimensions are found to be correlated with anthropometric parameters. Insight into the normative data of penile size of Indian males obtained. There are significant differences in the mean penile length and circumference of Indian sample compared to the data reported from other countries. Study need to be continued with a large sample to establish a normative data applicable to the general population.


penis, penile dimensions, penile length, penile size, short penis



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