“WHO IMAGINED THAT GROWING PENIS SIZE WOULD BE A WORRY.”
The average erect penis length has risen by 24 percent in just 29 years, growing from 4.8 inches to 6 inches between 1992 and 2021. And while young men might be rejoicing, scientists believe that this is not something you should be enthusiastic about.
This might sound weird if you’re familiar with Dr. Shanna H. Swan’s 2021 book: Count Down: How Our Modern World Is Threatening Sperm Counts, Altering Male and Female Reproductive Development, and Imperiling the Future of the Human Race (yes, it’s a mouthful).
In the book, the professor of environmental medicine and public health revealed how pollution has impacted fertility, and yes, penis size.
Swan revealed how penis shrinkage starts in the womb, especially emphasizing the exposure to chemicals like phthalates. Swan also revealed how exposure to phthalates was associated with reducing in semen quality, although the subject lacks strong evidence.
However, the Stanford study directly contradicts these findings, at least to some extent.
In the paper published this Valentine’s Day in the World’s Journal of Men’s Health, Stanford researchers evaluated data from over 55,000 men across 75 studies – published between 1942 and 2021.
With the falling sperm counts, declining testosterone levels, and increasing genital birth defects, the researchers expected the data to go in the opposite direction, leading to their surprise.
Bigger dicks don’t actually imply healthier males, and scientists are puzzled by these findings. “The million-dollar question is why this would occur,” said Dr. Michael Eisenberg, a urologist and male fertility specialist at Stanford Medicine, who led the research.
The authors speculate that boys reaching puberty early might be one reason for the increase in penis size. The early increase in body size could be resulting in this increase, mentions the study.
Another unconventional reason was mentioned by Dr. Larry Lipshultz, who was not involved in the study, in an interview with Everyday Health.
“You might possibly blame online porn, but that’s just a theory,” said Dr. Lipshultz.
A previous study reported that earlier pornography use was associated with hormonal imbalances, as well as lower sperm concentration and total sperm count.
“The more someone has erections, there might be greater potential for better erections. The tissue would stretch more, hence would get longer,” added Dr. Lipshultz.
As the sexual enhancement supplements market is expected to reach $608 million by 2027, the course the male sexual health industry will take remains to be a captivating topic.