Sperm Counts Dropping--What Does This Mean for the Future?
Recent news of a sperm count study has been making global headlines. The findings, published in the journal Human Reproduction Update, found that sperm counts have dropped
by over 50 per cent in less than 40 years, and this decline rate is not
slowing. Interestingly, this decline has only been observed in Western
countries: America, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand. The report is
concerning not only because of the implications for population, but also
because of the implications for men's health, as decreased sperm counts
can be an indicator for premature death. Shanna Swan, a reproductive
epidemiologist at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New
that these reproductive issues may start as early as the womb; mothers'
exposure to certain chemicals can significantly harm the normal
development of male children's reproductive organs.
This study also has heavy implications for the current trend of couples
starting families later in life. Women's chances of conceiving begin to
at age 32; by age 40, those chances have dropped by half. When combined
with men's lower sperm counts, this spells trouble for many
couples--especially since, by the time they may discover they are
infertile, the window for utilizing assisted reproductive technologies
has closed. This is confirmed by last year's CNN report stating that 2016 was the lowest fertility rate on record so far. Young women are not necessarily immune from infertility, either--in 2015, the CDC recorded that birth rates for women in their 20's had reached a record low.
Environmental factors and lifestyle have a crucial role to play in this issue. Estrogens have become more prevalent
in the environment due to the increased use of oral contraceptives;
estrogen leaves the body through urination, but it is often not removed
in waste treatment, and is then redeposited in tap water. Ironically,
despite this abundance of environmental estrogens, a recent attempt
at a male contraceptive injection also used "a long-acting form of
progestogen, a hormone that has the effect of blocking sperm production
controlled by the pituitary gland."
Food choices can also make a difference. High fat
foods can be detrimental to sperm health. Similarly, trans-fat
consumption is related to lower semen parameters, including volume. Eating
healthy, not smoking, drinking only in moderation, limiting exposure to
chemicals, and keeping smartphones at least 1 foot from the genital
area can be helpful. GMOs are also dangerous, and avoiding them is
crucial, especially for couples trying to conceive. Also, avoid glyphosate. Multiple papers on rodent studies have indicated disruption of the male reproductive system by glyphosate, used in the herbicide Roundup. If you’re looking to have a child, it’s also a good idea to avoid hot tubs, as sperm like cool temperatures.
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L-Arginine by itself is also great for reproductive issues. Studies
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implying that arginine is useful in treating sterility in men. It is
found in high concentration in the skin and connective tissues, making
it helpful for healing and repair of damaged tissue.
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