Major Study Reveals Sperm Counts of Western Males Drops Significantly Over 40-Year Period
Specifically, men residing in the first world or developed countries were adversely affected, while those living in South America, Asia, and Africa did not experience any degeneration of sperm during the same time period.
Could certain regions or cultures be affected differently?
Researchers don’t yet have an answer. Without further study and solid data, how geography fits into the declining sperm quality and rates puzzle remains a mystery.
| The study also did not identify reasons why men are being affected in the West.
Most scientists believe there isn’t one single reason for the drop in male fertility, and instead point to theories that focus on numerous disrupters that affect sperm viability. For example, prenatal exposure to certain chemicals, exposure to numerous toxins after birth, stress, obesity, and even climate change are viewed as probable culprits.
Whatever the causes, the world scientific community is taking the study seriously.
Professor Daniel Brison, scientific director at the UK’s University of Manchester’s Department of Reproductive Health, are calling the study results a “wake-up call.”
Brison noted wider implications, “…there may be something in our environment that’s affecting health. Not just male fertility but male health in general, maybe health in general.”
“And if you look back over the last 50 years of these studies a lot of things have changed in our environment – plastics, introducing new chemicals into the environment, modern agriculture hormones, pesticides, and there’s just this concern that that’s what we’re seeing,” Brison said.
Furthermore, Brison theorizes that the cause of declining human sperm could go back generations.
“Exposure could be important when the men are in utero, when the mother is pregnant, or even their grandmother when they were infected with germ cells at that stage.”
With this new information, here are a few suggestions for advising male patients who are concerned about their fertility:
- Encourage male patients to avoid certain toxic chemicals which may affect fertility, such as bisphenol A.
- Stop smoking or better yet, never smoke.
- Overall, adopt a healthy lifestyle, including eating healthy, limiting alcohol intake, exercising, and reducing stress levels.
- Age also impacts male fertility. As men grow older, sperm count and quality of sperm declines. Consequently, banking sperm might be the right choice for some men.