Long or short? In recent days a survey conducted in England by the Skyn condoms brand spurned this sentence: the size, especially the length, would be growing. And with impressive rapidity, something that Charles Darwin could not explain: if the penis had an average length of 13.1 centimeters in 2015, just a couple of years later it would go up to 15.5. A sudden growth that would be attributed to the Millennials generation, apparently more fortunate.
It is a pity that the indication is worthy and well-founded to some point. Not only because the results were derived from a sample of 3,037 sexually active British males, but also because the survey was conducted by filling out an online form. Like it happens with voter intentions or electoral exit polls, therefore, it is likely that the people involved have knocked by feeding this spring miracle medium.
Things would not be so. Some years ago, in 2013, the University of Padua published a study on anthropometric measurements and male infertility, recording height, arms, legs, torso of over two thousand boys between the ages of 18 and 19. Carlo Foresta, director of the Regional Center for Cryopreservation of Men’s Gametes in Padua and Professor of Clinical Pathology at the University Hospital, later explained that hormones that determine the harmonious growth of bodily structures would no longer function properly. And if the legs and arms are stretched from the point of view of the penis, the new Italian generations would have lost 0.9 penile centimeters compared to their fathers’ measures, as recounted in scientific literature.
This evolution of anthropometric measurements, also linked to an increase in infertility, would have a multitude of causes. This is an open research topic that also focuses on the so-called endocrine disruptors (phthalates, bisphenol and company), substances that are present in everyday objects that will affect the functionality of the endocrine system causing adverse effects.
The subject is often dealt with too lightly – for example, fanciful online world maps of penis size. A common standard was however identified a couple of years ago when a huge metastudy of King’s College in London published in the British Journal of Urology established that the average length of the penis at rest was 9.31 centimeters, 13.12 centimeters in the erect condition.