Hung like Hercules? She might actually prefer a mere mortal

Downsize your assumptions: Men think a 7-inch erection is ideal, but women actually prefer an inch less, a new study in the journalPsychology of Men & Masculinity reveals.

Not only did women not consider a larger-than-average penis desirable, but their ideal size matched that of the average package. “The mythology of the oversize penis comes from men’s desires, not women’s. It’s a way men size each other up,” says Brandy Engler, Psy.D., an L.A. sextherapist. In fact, a giant erection can be uncomfortable for some women, Engler says.

The new study jibes with what we’ve reported all along: Ladies just don’t think size matters much. It’s more about what you do with your equipment—and to that end, check out How to Pleasure a Woman, the ultimate sex manual from the editors of Men’s Health (complete with step-by-step instructions on how to give her an orgasm).

Plus, they prefer to forge a strong psychological connection with you—which is something you actually can improve.