Sperm Counts Of Western Men Are Plunging

A new study has revealed that the majority of men from New Zealand, America, Europe and Australia are suffering from a lower sperm count. According to the study, among those people there has been a 52 percent decline in sperm concentration and a 59 percent plummeting in total sperm count level over a period of 40 years that ended in 2011. Scientists will examine a specimen of ejaculate under a microscope to determine the sperm count of an individual. When determining the sperm concentration, the scientist will quantify to find out how many millions of sperms are contained in each milliliter of a sperm fluid. 

Therefore, sperm count can be defined as sperm concentration multiplied by the total volume of an ejaculation. Scientists, under the leadership of Dr. Hagai Levine, examined conducted a meta-analysis of 185 different findings after analyzing thousands of studies. The study comprised 42935 male subjects, who gave out semen specimens between 1973 and 2011. The selected studies were then properly distributed over almost 40 years of the research duration. The study was conducted in 50 different nations. The analysis carried some crucial fertility status information such as semen collection technique; sperm count technique, age, ejaculation abstinence time and geographic location at the level of the continent. 

Based on the scientist’s analysis, the international team of researchers from Spain, Brazil, Denmark and the United States reported a plunging in sperm concentration of 1.4 % in one year with an overall reduction of 52.4 percent during the entire study duration for men living in western countries. In the interim, the total sperm count among the same group reduced by 1.6 % in one year and 59.3 % overall. When comparing, the researchers discovered that there were no significant declines in the sperm count and sperm concentration of men from South America, Asia, and Africa. Levine says that the extent of the decline is despondency and it’s hard for him to believe. 

According to Levine, the higher percentage of men in western countries with a sperm concentration of less than 40million/ml is raising concerns. This because medical proof points out that a sperm concentration that goes below this threshold is linked with a decreased monthly probability of conception. Levine says it’s unfortunate that many people don’t know that modern environment can create an enormous impact on the health of the population. In many occasions, sperm count has been linked to the lifestyle and environmental influences such as exposure to prenatal chemicals, adult pesticide exposure, obesity, stress, and smoking. Every individual can moderate exposure to chemicals, avoid smoking, eat a balanced diet and reduce weight and stress. 

    Max Ransal

    Max is a travel and freelance writer. He studied English at Rice University.