Dutch researchers have found that genitalia size is of prime importance to how gay men see themselves.

A study at Utrecht University, in the Netherlands concluded that gay men believe a larger penis contributes to a better life and lovemaking.

The team questioned over 250 gay men in their twenties about their self esteem and how they saw their own bodies.

Head of the research was Liesbeth Woertman, a senior lecturer in clinical psychology, she said: “Our study reveals that how gay men see their penis has considerable influence on how they value themselves in general,” she said.

“It is not known whether if there is a similar link in heterosexual men, but there are various reasons for assuming that the self-image of heterosexual men is linked to how they evaluate the most characteristically masculine part of their body.”