Do Men With Smaller Testicles Make Better Fathers?

on Oct 29, 2013

by Dr. Renee Hanton, MD

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Man’s Testicle Size Could Be a Factor in Fathering Skills

Should women base their choice of a mate on the size of his family jewels? Find out what this very revealing study provokes interest into something that no one had previously really thought about.

What In The World?

That might be what you’re thinking after reading the title of this article, and quite frankly, that’s what we were thinking the first time we heard this news too! However, there is new evidence that indicates that believe it or not, the size of a man’s testicles has a lot to do with whether or not he will make a good father. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

The Study

The new and very interesting study was done by Emory University in Atlanta, and was recently published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences was the first ever study to find any sort of correlation between the size of a man’s testicles and his potential parenting skills. The results are a little bit surprising! It turns out, less is more! That’s right, apparently the smaller a man’s testicles are, the better father he might turn out to be. The study took 70 biological fathers, and monitored their brains while they looked at photos of their children. The men with smaller “jewels”? Their brains’ nurturing centers lit up “robustly” when they looked at their children’s pictures, especially when the pictures were of their kids showing emotions, such as crying or laughing.

Fatherly Instincts

In addition to being shown pictures of their kids, the study participants also had to have their partners fill out a survey about what kind of fathers they were, including things like if they changed diapers, get up with the baby in the middle of the night, taking the kids to the doctor, that sort of thing. And, guess what? The guys who scored highest on these “daddy quizzes” were the ones with the smaller you know what!

The Inspiration

So, what was the inspiration for this one of a kind study? “We know in modern Western societies children with more involved fathers have better developmental outcomes,” says one of the study’s authors, James Rilling, associate professor of anthropology at Emory University in Atlanta. So, what’s the deal with the ever increasing number of absent fathers in our society? Is there something biological there that makes a man a good dad or a bad dad from the get go? While testosterone is one such factor that may play a role, a man’s diet, drug or alcohol use and other physical issues can really affect those levels, and some doctors think the size of a man’s testicles can be even more telling. “Testicular volume is likely to be a more stable measure than testosterone,” says Rilling.

What Does This Mean?

While there was some correlation between fatherly instincts and testicle size, doctors are quick to note that they are not for sure what this actually means. Are guys with smaller testes just naturally better fathers for some reason? Or, do the testes shrink once a man has kids? Of course, this isn’t saying that a guy with bigger you know whats has a free pass to be a bad daddy. Nor is it saying that women need to base their choice of a mate on the size of his family jewels. But, this is a very revealing study, and really provokes interest into something that no one had previously really thought about. It will be interesting to hear what this study brings to light about fatherhood and testicle size in the future.

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Dr. Renee Hanton is ConceiveEasy's Senior Physician with expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of infertility. Dr. Hanton specializes in the endocrine causes of infertility, such as polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)

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