Some of the headlines today are saying “Nonstick Frying Pans Are Shrinking Your Penis.” Not exactly, as you’ll see below.
Men’s Health reports:
According to new research published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, the common class of chemicals Perfluoroalkyl compounds (PFCs), typically used in coating of nonstick cookware, can affect the size of your penis and the quality of your sperm.
New evidence found that young men who grew up in an area where drinking water was contaminated with the chemical, had a significantly smaller sized penis and experienced less mobile sperm compared to those who were surrounded by clean drinking water.
“We found that increased levels of PFCs in plasma and seminal fluid positively correlate with circulating testosterone and with a reduction of semen quality, testicular volume, penile length, and AGD [anogenital distance – a sign of abnormal reproductive development].”
The New York Post reports:
Researchers examined 383 male high-school students, including 212 who had been exposed to PFCs, in northeast Italy, through June 2017 and May.
Participants who weren’t exposed to PFCs had tallboys with an average length of 3.94 inches, compared to an average of 3.44 inches in those who had.
Exposed men were also one-fifth-of-an-inch less girthy. Study authors call this a “substantial impact on human male health” — one which could even lead to issues with male fertility.
The first report on water contamination with the chemicals came in 1977, so you might be too old to have been affected.