Psst. Ladies, don't show this email to your men.
In almost 20 years of working with men with sperm quality issues, I have never, ever questioned if size matters when it comes to fertility.
Luckily, scientists were a lot more curious than me.
The first study to link penile length with male infertility will be presented this week.
It found that on average, men who were infertile were around one centimeter shorter than their fertile counterparts. Those without reproductive issues had an average length of 13.4 cm (5.3 in) while those in the infertile group were 12.5cm (4.9 in).
One centimeter doesn't seem like a lot but it was statistically significant when looking at the 815 men and their erect appendage.
The study's lead researcher hypothesized that the shorter length might be due to underlying conditions such as hormonal issues or problems in the testes, contributing to infertility.
I wouldn't whip out the tape measure since the information isn't clinically useful.
But I DO recommend having your male partner get a semen analysis done since men contribute to 50% of cases of infertility.
What are you looking for? Well, that's a discussion for my next FB Live. Join me Thursday Oct 25 at 10am PST on FB page (@juliechangfertility) as I discuss why a current semen analysis is so important and how to read it. If he had one done in the past year, have it handy during the training. If not, by the ime I'm done, you'll know why he needs to get one done ASAP! No worries if you can't make it live - it'll be recorded.
In the meantime, if you missed my webinar on how to use IVF more successfully even if you're in your 40s or diagnosed with premature ovarian failure, check it out on my FB page (@juliechangfertility). It'll only be available for another few days.
All my best,
Julie Chang, L.Ac.
Natural Fertility Eggspurt