Men's fertility could be threatened by chemicals in our environment--especially estrogenic plastics. Scientists examining dead otters in the UK for the last 20 years have noticed a decrease in penis bone weight (but not length).
Despite the slang term "boner," human males don't have a penis bone, but many other primates do, including gorillas and chimpanzees, and all male rodents have one.
However, human males are still at risk for the same sort of distortion due to the hormone disrupting chemicals called EDCs, which are found in plastic bottles, metal food cans that are lined with plastic, detergents, food, toys, cosmetics, and pesticides.
In the Yu-Cheng Incident of 1978 and 1979 in Taiwan, a batch of rice bran oil was contaminated with EDCs, with devastating consequences for around 2,000 male fetuses, who ere born with significantly smaller penises. A similar incident took place in Japan in 1968.
In the February 25th edition of the Telegraph, Nick Collins quotes researcher Gwynne Lyon as saying, "This study has raised a warning flag. In reality humans and wildlife are exposed to a cocktail of many chemicals every day and some may be adding up to cause problems."
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