sperm counts

In most conversations about fertility, women are the ones who have to worry. They've got to stop drinking, eat the right food, and worry about getting enough exercise and staying away from cigarettes. Men, on the other hand, can kick back and wait for show time. The good news is gender equality is finally coming to procreation; the bad news is that it comes at a cost: U.S. sperm counts are dropping at a rate of 1.5% a year, and in Europe and Australia, the drop is closer to 3%. 

Studies from Center for Reproductive Epidemiology at the University of Rochester Medical Center and the European Science Foundation are reporting that overexposure to chemicals, and the lack of emphasis on male health and lifestyle — and its effect on fertility — are contributing to humanity's plummeting sperm count.

Apparently sperm production has been declining for the past fifty years, which isn't surprising since one of the main chemicals affecting sperm is found in take-out food containers and pesticides sprayed on fruits and veggies. So, you should probably learn to cook and start buying organic. Or, at least eat your take-out off a plate. 

Commentarium (9 Comments)

Jan 05 11 - 6:37pm
S

That book Sex at Dawn which was reviewed on this site awhile ago also argues that monogamy is included in this decline.

Jan 06 11 - 5:59am
@s

I don't believe that monogamy has increased over the past 50 years

Jan 06 11 - 10:02am
Twolane

Finally! America's jackboots will eventually be eradicated.

Jan 06 11 - 11:50am
Someone

"So, you should probably learn to cook and start buying organic. Or, at least eat your take-out off a plate. "

Unless, of course, you hate kids and just cracked open a bottle of wine to celebrate this absolutely fantastic news.

Jan 06 11 - 2:54pm
DigitalJournal

Where did you get this photo? Flickr?

Jan 06 11 - 5:00pm
thinkywritey
Jan 06 11 - 5:00pm
thinkywritey

What the! I never said that!

Jan 08 11 - 1:10pm
Wonky

It's Children of Men happening.

Jan 14 11 - 10:32pm
coral

Oh no, small declines in sperm! It can't possibly be a biological reaction to how many of us are crammed onto this planet--a kind of species-level attempt at self-preservation--it must be some kind of illness!

(Seriously. This isn't a bad thing.)