My Nonna (Grandma in Italian) once told me, ‘Oggi, non fanno gli uomini come prima’. Translation: “Today they don’t make men like before”. Well, she called it, because with recent news of male fertility rates dropping, apparently something is happening to our men.
A very well designed study recently found a steady and significant decline in total sperm count (TSC) and sperm concentration (SC) among men in North America, Australia, Europe, and New Zealand. More than a 50% DECLINE since 1973!
They studied 2 groups. 1. Fertile Men (Had a successful pregnancy) 2. Unselected Men (Men who didn’t know their fertility status). Over 40 years men with unknown fertility status had more than a 50% decrease in sperm count and concentration.
The study did a great job utilizing a quite accurate test measurement along with measuring each country in particular to make sure one geographic location didn’t skew the results.
Why does it matter? Well I don’t think we’re going extinct (I hope!🤞🏻) but:
1️⃣Many men in these studies had a SC less than 40million/mL which is concerning because this decreases fertility success. *40% of infertility cases are due to a male factor*
2️⃣Poor sperm count is associated with overall morbidity & mortality.
3️⃣Sperm count decreasing is a clue. We need to PAY ATTENTION‼️The body is trying to tell us something.
🚺Moms and Future Moms: Endocrine disrupters like those found in plastics and farmed fish and SMOKING have toxi
c effects in the body, where these fertility issues may start prenatally during pregnancy, before your boys become men.
🚹Guys: Lifestyle factors (nutrition, exercise, sleep, stress) & PESTICIDES (like Round-up found in vegetables, fruits, chicken, beef…) play a major role.
The authors advise a plan for PREVENTION & put it perfectly: “…a decline in sperm count might be considered as a ‘canary in the coal mine’ for male health across the lifespan”. These numbers show no sign of slowing down. Thankfully there is a lot you can do to prevent these issues using integrative medicine & Acupuncture.
Levine, Niels , Martino-Andrade.Temporal trends in sperm count: a systematic review and meta-regression analysis. Hum Reprod Update