We know that environmental pollutants can lead to cancer, heart disease and brain damage, but now a scientist is linking these pollutants to shrinkage. Penis.
Yes, you read this right. In her new book countdownReproductive epidemiologist Shanna Swan, Ph.D., argues that reducing the size of one particular organ could be related to everyday chemicals. If that wasn’t enough for you, the book’s subtitle is How threatening our modern world Sperm countChanging the reproductive development of males and females, and impeding the future of the human race.
If the name Swan sounds familiar, it could be as far back as 2017 a study It helped conduct what was found that in Western countries, sperm count in men has more than halved over the course of nearly 40 years.
What is to blame for penis shrinkage
If the penis is small countdown It lays the blame on a group of chemicals known as phthalates.
Phthalates can be found in plastics, vinyl, floor and wall coverings, medical devices, and toys. It’s also an ingredient in hair sprays, soaps, and shampoos. You may have used a product containing phthalates in the bathroom this morning.
According to research, exposure to high concentrations of phthalates in mothers can alter male reproductive development in infants. Early data suggests that men whose mothers were exposed to high levels of phthalates had a decrease in testicular size, which is related to lower testicular function.
“It’s an unfortunate collection of influences, from multiple perspectives,” Swan wrote in the book.
Additionally, young men with high levels of metabolic phthalates have impaired sperm motility and shape. They are also at risk of sperm apoptosis, which is another way of saying sperm suicide.
Swan writes that “it is safe to assume that no man wants to hear that his sperm is self-destructing,” it may be, at least, one of the downplaying of this decade.
Phthalates are not only harmful to men, as high levels of exposure are equally harmful to women. Premature ovarian failure, hormonal disorders and early menopause are some of the effects on women.
what happened after that
Swan says she wrote the book to illustrate the harmful effects of exposure to chemicals. For now, some companies have voluntarily eliminated phthalates, while the European Union plans to do so in the future. At the moment, the United States has no plans to regulate the chemicals.
While countdown Recently announced, some suggest it might lead more people, especially men, to take action. Link to an article in the book, climate activist Greta Thunberg chirp See you all on the next climate strike 🙂
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