Why do penises curve?

When I told Facebook readers I\’d planned an article on curvature of the male member, one guy gave this hint as to why penises aren\’t straight: \”Let\’s just say, if he\’s left-handed, it\’ll curve left, and when he\’s right-handed, it\’ll curve right.\”

Yet within my extensive reading on the effects of male masturbation, 100% of the studies indicate that flogging your dolphin will work for you; it\’s even great for your romances, assisting you keep going longer in partnered sex, and taking care of your needs if your partner isn\’t quite as randy when you are.? Not just one scientific exploration of wanking showed any harmful effects. In a nutshell, the \”It\’ll bend your dong\” idea must go the clear way of \”It\’ll make you go blind.\” Hopefully you know that isn’t true.

At the physiological level, one cause is really a rare and painful condition known as Peyronie\’s. Masturbation is certainly not really a cause, but vigorous partnered sex in which the penis gets traumatically injured can be a contributor; penetrating someone who is on top of you is risky business from the broken-penis perspective! Otherwise, there\’s no clear indicator of where this buildup of fibrous tissue comes from. If your curvature is causing you discomfort, or maybe it is so bent that erection or intercourse is difficult or impossible, then it\’s time to get thyself to some doctor to go over a range of effective treatments.

Yet for well above 90% of men, a small curve left or right is noticeable but normal; it doesn\’t create pain or impair function. Despite the terms \”boner\” and \”love muscle\”, a persons penis lacks muscle or bone; erection happens when three spongy areas-two along the shaft\’s top, and one along its bottom fill with blood.? However the penis comes with a two-sided root that anchors it to the pubic bones. Human body rarely yields perfect symmetry; when the root is shorter somewhere, the penis will bend in that direction, just as most men have one testicle that hangs lower due to different lengths of the testes\’ separate spermatic cords.

In a word: women.

Men and women shape one another\’s physiology by preferentially mating with individuals who have what they need, and selectively shunning the rest. Male preference for big breasts has, for instance, resulted in female breasts that are much larger than any other primate\’s, and far bigger than needed to feed offspring.

Likewise, the penis\’ size, girth, and adaptability are related to female sexual choice. When compared to phallic fixations of other primates, it seems that ancestral women preferred sexual stimulation with a flexible, thick, long penis; some scientists accept is as true was more conducive to women\’s orgasm. To wit, the typical erect human male penis is 5.21 inches long, 1 inch thick, and comparatively flexible and bendable, allowing for an entire Kama Sutra of sexual positions. Compare that towards the average male gorilla, endowed having a pencil-width dick just under two inches long in length; or our closest genetic relative, the chimpanzee, which sports a 3-incher having a skinny, inflexible bone.

Today, some evolutionary theorists think that by selectively preferring larger, thicker, and much more flexible penises than other primate females did, human women physically sculpted human men. Theoretically, over thousands of generations, men that had a pleasing pecker were the genetic winners, casting their own genes forward through their sons~while less lucky guys produced fewer or no offspring. Hence, the sons possess the equipment their successful, sexy dads had. And so today\’s men have a long, thickest, most flexible penises within the primate family.

Might ladies have preferred men with slightly curved penises, too? I think so; curvature pertains to flexibility, otherwise overdone. Consider the humble dildo: primarily accustomed to please women, it is usually curved in exactly the same like a real live pecker. If women disliked your curve, would it be selling very well in sex shops?

Worried regarding your size now? Don\’t be. In recent studies, nearly 9 in 10 women rate themselves as extremely pleased with their partner\’s penile dimensions. Ancestral women\’s preferences ensured that today, you\’re very likely equipped only the way we like it.

Upshot?? If your bend doesn\’t hurt, it should be helping. Sport it with pride, touch it in private, and work all of the angles having a partner.

Duana C. Welch, Ph.D., may be the author of (available now). For more information, or to get a free chapter, visit .

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