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Sunday, August 6, 2017

Sperm Counts Are Dropping By 50% -- Find Out Why

The U.S. Centers For Disease Control (CDC) reported in 2016 that U.S. fertility rates had dropped to the lowest ever since 1909. In fact, they have dropped drastically in the past 40 years, according to a new study published in the journal Human Reproduction Update. But why?

Why sperm counts have dropped

Sperm counts in men have plummeted in the last 40 years, affecting men not only in the U.S. but also in Europe, Australia, and New Zealand. Some researchers believe decreasing sperm count can be linked to a number of health issues. Others believe stress and obesity can harm sperm counts. This may explain why men in several Western countries experienced a 50 percent decline in sperm counts, but men from South America, Asia, and Africa did not.

Smoking and chemicals have also been linked to dropping sperm counts. Harvard researchers found that men who ate produce with higher levels of pesticides had lower sperm counts than men who chose pesticide-free produce. In addition, one study result found that mothers who smoke during their pregnancy can drive down sperm counts in their sons.

How to avoid declining sperm count

The studies seem to suggest that a sharp drop in sperm count can be avoided by staying away from food loaded with pesticides. This can be accomplished by selecting organic food. In addition, avoiding obesity by eating healthy and exercising regularly can help prevent sperm count decline. And, of course, don't smoke!

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