New studies about infertility have found that men’s sperm count around the globe is decreasing quickly. In the past 45 years, average counts and concentrations have dropped by approximately 51% and 62% respectively. Not only is the decline a concern, but it seems to be accelerating, as well. Between the 1970s and 2000 it was just over 1% per year, but since 2000 it’s been tracked at more than 2.6% annually. That means the drop in sperm count could become a more significant factor than it already is when it comes to couples having children. Infertility conversations often focus on women, but understanding what is taking place with men is critically important to addressing these issues. So, why is men’s sperm count dropping globally?
There are several reasons that could be at least part of the cause. One of the researchers in the study feels that the global issues with warming, pollution, and related problems are having an effect on the health of men and their sperm. Other common causes for lower sperm counts include stress, exposure to toxins and pesticides, and dealing with stress.
Of course, age is also a factor. As couples wait longer to have children, infertility issues become more pronounced. When added to the decline in sperm counts, that could pose even more serious problems when trying to have children naturally. Even with assisted reproductive technology, couples facing a combination of age and low sperm counts may struggle to start or grow their families.
The amount of sperm a man produces is far from the only aspect of fertility, but it is one of the pieces of the puzzle. However, the decline in sperm counts globally over the last few decades presents a bigger picture than potential fertility issues for couples. It could lead to a significant decline in the population as a whole, which may mean fewer people to perform jobs and keep the world running.
There may also be fewer people to work and support the growing elderly population, now that people are living longer. While dropping sperm counts are a fertility concern for couples, they are also a big issue on a societal level, as well. Getting to the bottom of the cause, and addressing how men can keep their sperm counts as high as possible to lower the risk of infertility are both important aspects of monitoring and adjusting this situation in the future.
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