Perhaps because it is kept hidden away for so much of the time, there seem to be a considerable number of myths, mistruths and misunderstandings that have arisen around the venerable penis. Knowing the facts about the penis helps a man improve his personal penis care, as well as provide shim with information which may come in handy while in an intimate situation. With this in mind, the following will help to set the record straight on several popular untruths concerning the male appendage.

Six inches is above average.

For decades, it was an accepted fact that the average length of the human adult penis was six inches. Countless bawdy jokes were based upon this premise, and more than a few men estimated the length of everyday objects by comparing them to their presumed six-incher.

Unfortunately, it turns out that six inches is a bit of an exaggeration. Several studies have shown that the actual length is less than six inches. The most reliable has found the true average erect length to be between 5.1 and 5.2 inches. (Some studies have found it closer to 5.6 inches - but these were based on men self-reporting their size, and it’s fair to assume there may have been some exaggeration.)

A guy with big hands…

…Is no more likely to have a big penis than a guy with small hands. And the same is true for a guy with big feet, or a guy who is tall. All those other attempts to use various body parts and measurements to predict penis size are also doomed to failure. Sure, sometimes a guy with big feet has a big penis, but just as often he’s likely to have a small one.

Really small is really uncommon.

Many men worry that their penis is too small, especially compared to the monsters that they see in porn videos. In fact, most men have more than enough size to satisfy a partner, especially since skill is of much greater importance than size. And although many men think they have a tiny penis, a true micropenis (one that measure 2.75 inches or smaller when erect) is found in only 0.6% of adult men.

No bones about it.

A guy often says he "has a boner" or "popped a boner" to brag about having an erection. In fact, the human penis does not have a bone. (Many other animal penises do have one.) Instead, it is made up of three columns of spongy tissue, and it is these columns which become engorged with blood to bring about an erection.

Because the human penis has no bone, it is technically not possible to break or fracture it. However, if the penis is hit with enough force (especially when erect), the tissue can rupture, and this is usually referred to as "breaking" the penis. And it can be intensely painful.

Sperm removal

Many men think that the purpose of the corona - the raised border at the base of the head - is to provide extra stimulation to the vagina. Scientists instead believe that this evolved in early Man as a way of keeping other men from inseminating a chosen mate. When thrusting deeply, the corona is shaped to "push out" semen which already may be inside the vagina.

One other misconception: Men don’t need to do anything to maintain their penis health. Proper hygiene is required, and it helps to also regularly apply a first class penis health creme (health professionals recommend Man 1 Man Oil, which is clinically proven mild and safe for skin). Select a creme that is going to provide an array of healthy vitamins, ideally A, B5, C, D and E. The crème should also include alpha lipoic acid, a potent antioxidant that strengthens penis skin by fighting dangerous free radicals.