Weird but true! Pollution is causing human penises to shrink, a scientist has warned. Penises are shrinking and genitals becoming malformed because of pollution, an environmental scientist has warned in a new book detailing the challenges facing human reproduction.
Dr. Shanna Swan writes that humanity is facing an “existential crisis” infertility rates as a result of phthalates, a chemical used when manufacturing plastics that impacts the hormone-producing endocrine system.
As a result of this pollution, a growing number of babies are being born with small penises, Dr. Swan writes.
Her book, titled Count Down, examines “how our modern world is threatening sperm counts, altering male and female reproductive development, and imperiling the future of the human race”.
She discovered that male human babies who had been exposed to the phthalates in the womb had a shorter anogenital distance-something that correlated with penile volume.
The chemical has an industrial use in making plastics more flexible, but Dr. Swan says it is being transmitted into toys and food and subsequently harms human development.
Dr. Swan, who is a professor in environmental medicine and public health at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, based her work on a series of peer-reviewed research studies.
Dr. Swan believes that the rapidly decreasing fertility rate means that most men will be unable to produce viable sperm by 2045.