In 2018, social media was randomly ablaze with discussions about seasonal dick size.

"If you can't handle me at my winter penis, you sure as hell don't deserve me at my summer penis," wrote Twitter user @intothecrevasse, quote-tweeting an article that claimed the penis gets smaller during cold-weather months.

A few months earlier, MEL Magazine had printed a story about "the summer penis," exploring the theory that heat adds an extra inch or two to your penis. Despite what seems like a global obsession with dick size, there's apparently still a lot we don't know.

Perhaps surprisingly, it's not just the weather that causes these changes. You might not always notice them, but a handful of key factors can change the size––or, in some cases, the perceived size––of your johnson.

The key difference between actual and perceived shrinkage

The first factor to consider is your weight, although the science around this is arguably misleading.

In a 2021 study published in Andrologia, 4,685 Italian men measured their penis over the course of a year. In the study's abstract, researchers reported "the increase in