Those hopeful ladies on The Farmer Wants a Wife might be on to something. A Bulgarian study has revealed a significant difference in penis size between country and city boys
The study by Bulgarian doctors of 6200 boys up to 19 years of age has revealed "a modest though significant difference" in length of penis between urban and rural populations.
Country boys were born longer and by the time they reached full maturity at age 19, they had a mean length of 9.72cm (when flaccid). Their city-bred brothers however measured 9.29cm.
In commenting on the Bulgarian research, University of North Carolina adjunct professor Dr Marcia Herman-Giddens told MSNBC that perhaps embarrassed rural boys with smaller packages opted out leading to skewed results. Or the racial make-up of country boys in Bulgaria is different from urban boys.
She also suggested that the difference in penis size could be due to country boys and their parents eating a more nutritious diet, or chemicals in the environment.
The study was not conducted to measure penis size, but rather to establish a baseline set of data for tracking male puberty onset. The study also revealed "earlier pubertal development... than that for a similar population several decades ago".
The results appeared in the journal Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine.
According to condom manufacturer Ansell, approximately 42 percent of Australian men have an erect penis length of 16 to 17cm, with a range of 12 to 23cm.
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