Ask A Gynecologist: Can His Penis Be Too Big For My Vagina?

Forget what you heard. Dr. Shepherd sets the record straight on this one.

Finally, we're bringing you very public answers to some of your most private questions. When sexual and vaginal health concerns arise, OB/GYN and nationally known women's health expert Dr. Jessica Shepherd wants to ensure you have the answers you need to feel at ease. As the founder of Her Viewpoint, an online women's health forum, she uses this outlet to focus on addressing taboo topics in a comfortable setting. Prepare to take notes!

Q: "Is there such a thing as a penis being too big for a woman to handle or a penis to vagina ratio?"

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A: The answer to that question is both yes and no. 

It really depends on the anatomy of both the male and the female. The vagina is very responsive to different sizes, and it's very elastic, and again, returns to normal size after childbirth and after sex. It really does have good ability to go back to its normal size for that individual.  

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The average penis size is actually, when we're talking about flaccid, so that's a soft penis, is 3.5 inches and then for an erect penis it's going to be 4.7 to 6 inches.

Some significant differences in sizes from one partner to another, for the woman, can cause some sex to be painful or uncomfortable relations during intercourse. If that's the case, then the couple definitely need to discuss that and find out different ways that they can have intercourse that's still enjoyable, but still accommodating for both parties.

Sexual intercourse or the experience that you have does not really have to do with penis size. There's more to sex than just penis size, and width, and all that good stuff. There's more, but it's more about the connection with the person that you're having intercourse with.

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