This week in the news a report from France that tracked the sperm count of French men from 1989 through 2005 discovered what we have all suspected – decreasing sperm counts, leading to increasing male infertility issues. The startling piece of this is it may depict the falling sperm count for an entire country.
Throughout the years infertility “blame” was placed on the female and now we are discovering that this is just not the case nor has it been, as approximately 1/3 of infertility issues are related to the male. The study discovered that sperm count decreased by approximately 33.4%, while surprisingly sperm motility (how it moves) increased. There were over 26,000 men involved in the research study.
While it is still unclear from all the studies that have been completed across the globe on sperm quality over the years, the scientists are questioning what may be the cause. Some speculations are:
– Endocrine-disruptors: If you remember not too long ago endocrine disruptors were at the front of fertility news for disrupting our body’s reproductive systems in females and evidently males as well.
– Nutrition, Stress and Lifestyles: these three are always discussed when trying to conceive is the focus. A healthy diet, plenty of exercise and a health lifestyle are sure ways to help improves chances.
If you are having difficulty getting pregnant, speak with your OB/GYN who can check the both of you out before making a decision on what you may need to do in order to conceive.
News Round-Up on the Recent Study: