According to a recent article from USA Today, scientists have recently noted that men's downstairs member has grown nearly a quarter larger in previous decades, but that might not be as good as it sounds.

Study Finds

A study published in the The World's Journal of Men's Health followed the sizes of men's penises, which have been documented for the past 80 years.

Led by Dr. Michael Eisenberg, a urologist and male fertility specialist at Stanford Medicine, the group of scientists compiled date from 75 studies conducted between 1942 and 2021 on over 56,000 men.

Measuring tape

The study found that men's erect penises have increased in size in the last 29 years by 24%, with the new "average" (I say generous) of 5.5 inches.

However, Dr. James Hotaling, a urologist and male infertility expert from University of Utah health, isn't quite convinced that they're getting bigger.

He sites that the method of measurement has changed over the past 30 years, even though there isn't evidence that has in fact happened. I think all the men know what "methods" we're talking about... we'll just say "above" or "below" for that extra half an inch.

Why Study Dong Length?

Dr. Eisenberg with Stanford said he got interested in the study because he's seen a trend of declining male sperm counts and testosterone levels, figuring that the peckers would be getting smaller due to the falling levels and obesity.


Instead, the study turned up the news that they're getting larger.

Hotaling said he wasn't quite sure of the clinical impact of his findings would be, but said "This would not support the sperm apocalypse."

What Might Explain The Change?

Eisenberg says he thinks the change in bulge size can be explained by early puberty. Like girls, boys have been noted to have been starting puberty earlier as time goes on. His theory is that it's giving our bodies longer to grow overall.


Hotaling still disagreed with the theory, saying early puberty often stunts growth and there's no evidence that starting puberty earlier means it lasts longer.

What he did say, is very true, however.

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"If the findings were the opposite," and our pepperoncinis were shrinking, "everybody would be freaking out."

Hotaling published a paper in the National Library of Medicine where he found a connection between smaller peens and infertility.

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