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Scientific data suggests pollution is making penises bigger

According to newly analysed data, the average male penis size has increased by 25 percent over the last three decades. Scientists say pollutants in what we eat, drink, and breathe are likely the cause of the rapid change.

While it might not sound like the worst news at face value, scientists have raised concerns that the average male penis size is rapidly getting bigger.

The revelation was made by researchers at Stanford University in collaboration with students from several universities in Italy. The group analysed data from 75 different studies, which measured the penile length of 55,761 men over the time period between 1942 and 2021.

Looking at the data, they found that – in only the last thirty years – the average erect penis length had increased from 4.8 inches (12.1cm) to 6 inches (15.24 cm). It’s alarming because that’s a 25 percent increase in size in only three decades.

The researchers believe the prevalence of harmful chemicals in pesticides and hygiene products is responsible for the rapid growth. Perhaps more interestingly, this recent analysis presents vastly different conclusions from most of the existing literature on the subject.

What do previous studies say?

The overwhelming majority of literature discussing pollution’s impact on reproductive organs has declared that penises are more likely to shrink due to prolonged exposure to pollutants.

In fact, thousands of news outlets reported in 2021 that the average penis size was reduced in length due to everyday chemicals triggering hormonal imbalances during crucial growth stages, ie) puberty.

This boom in the discussion was bolstered by a book titled ‘Count Down: How Our Modern World Is Threatening Sperm Counts, Altering Male and Female Reproductive Development, and Imperilling the Future of the Human Race’ written by Dr Shanna Swan.

In the book, the author links pollution to erectile dysfunction, fertility decline, and small penis sizes. It takes a rather fear-mongering approach, warning that the human species meets 3 out of the 5 criteria points for being labelled as endangered.

This could be why the scientists from Stanford and Italian universities were ‘surprised’ to see the data reveal that the average penis size was increasing – not shrinking.

Do pollutants affect our sex organs?

It’s undeniable that the hundreds of synthetic chemicals introduced over the last few decades will affect our health in some way or another. Existing studies have signalled that our reproductive organs are not immune to their influence.

Already, there is growing evidence that chemicals in everyday, modern products – including phthalates, pesticides, heavy metals, toxic gases, and other synthetic materials­ – are causing a decline in healthy sperm counts in men.

The development of cancer, in the reproductive organs or anywhere else in the body, is also becoming more common in light of exposure to harmful, man-made substances.

But to shine a little optimism on the situation, it’s possible that our ever-growing medical knowledge and developments in the technological field will help us to overcome these changes.

That said, a 25 percent increase in average penis size is more shocking than anything else. The main takeaway from this data analysis should be that common chemicals are so powerful that they have the capacity to alter biological traits in such a small window of time.

That’s the key point here, because size doesn’t really matter – does it?


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