The organization, which dates back to 1731 and is one of France’s most respected medical organizations, has released this information in an effort to discourage men from going through penis enlargement procedures, which they consider extremely dangerous, not to mention highly ineffective.
According to the study, a “normal” penis should be between 9-9.5 centimeters (3.5-3.7 inches) when flaccid and between 12.8-14.5cm (5-5.7 inches) when erect.
Girth-wise, the average circumference is between 8.5-9cm (3.3-3.5 inches) “at rest” and between 10-10.5cm (3.9-4.1 inches) when aroused.
The academy is actively speaking out against unnecessary surgery. “The feeling of having an insufficiently large penis can be a source of anxiety and psychological suffering for a man,” the institution said in a statement.
According to The Local, demand for penis-enlargement operations has been on the rise in recent years, fuelled by “locker-room syndrome”, which the National Academy of Surgery said likely yields “limited” results and could have “a risk of certain complications, in particular regarding erections.”