A New Look at Measuring
I have yet to hear this ever mentioned, so I think it’s safe to say it’s a new or non-discussed topic. That means - LONG POST!
Going about my measurement a few weeks ago I noticed something about my body that was creating great variances in length measurements. Here it is:
The suspensory ligament runs off the penis and starts an upward route up the abdominal wall. It is at this critical junction between abdomen and penis (known as the pubo-penis region, I believe) where we make our measurements for length. It is also at this area that the ligament stands out during an erection and can lead to variances in measurements.
I found this out because I used to use a big metal rule for measurements. I would basically set it up straight over my penis, covering about 2/3 of the top of the penis and press in for the measurement. Verrrry uncomfortable. So I took the advice of an earlier post and created a 1/2” thick wooden dowel to use for bone-press measurements. This is very comfortable and thus more reliable. It’s quite easy to make accurate 1/8” and 1/4” marks if you take the effort.
The wooden dowel method helped me see we can produce two very different measurements. The first is if you put it *directly* over your own rod and measure. The other is if you put it off to the side a bit, covering the left or right side of the top of the penis (not down the side of the penis). Here’s what’s happening with the two measurements:
When you put it directly over the top of your penis and thus measure straight down the center, the dowel (or ruler if that’s what you’re using) is butting up against the ligament and not the pubic bone. The ligament stands out during an erection far greater than it does when flaccid. This is also not at all comfortable to press against. Anyhow, the ligament actually ‘shortchanges’ you because the ligament is (I estimate) anywhere from 1/8”-1/4” thick (with an average of 3/16”??).
So let’s say you measure in that above stated measurement. Your measurement reads 7” on the mark (woo hoo! some of you say). Now move that measuring device over to the left or right side of the top of the penis. Measure again and now you’ll find that the measurement has increased! This is because you are butting up against the pubic bone and have bypassed the ligament. And undoubtedly it’s more comfortable.
[If anyone is having trouble imagining how the ligament affects things, consider in your mind a wall. Now picture a large hose running up that wall. Clearly it stands out from the smooth plane of that wall. This is like the ligament standing out atop the pubic bone area. As a former surveyor, I can tell you that if I was tasked to measure from a point on the ground to that wall, I would bypass the hose and measure against the wall’s surface because the hose would be a distortion of the reading.]
I believe abutting the measuring device over the ligament is incorrect and leads to inconsistent measurements simply because of the discomfort factor. One day you may feel capable of jamming a bit more than the next. Or it may be a significantly stronger erection with greater ligament tension. Each of these is very small by itself but can lead to increased variance.
My thinking is that the most accurate method is to measure slightly offcenter, avoiding the ligament entirely. While this gives a greater reading, I don’t say it for the sake of ego. I think it’s primarily valid because if you look down at your penis during a strong erection you will see that the ligament usually stands up some in that region but that there is some penile volume that exists around and against your body, kind of like ‘behind’ the ligament junction, for lack of a better phrasing. Look at it yourself next time and you’ll see what I mean. We are not accounting for some of our penis when allowing the ligament to distort readings. For me, the difference is as much as 1/8”. That’s alot of PE effort, wouldn’t you say??
OK, that’s about all I have to say about that, Bubba…..
Last edited by BusterHymes : 07-09-2002 at .