DECLINING SPERM COUNT

STUDY REVEALS AN ALARMING TREND

Published By Livemint | 25 Nov, 2022

Researchers discovered sperm counts have decreased by more than 50% globally over last 46 years

Study published in the journal Human Reproduction Update shows this alarming trend

It shows that sperm count has decreased by 62.3% from 1973 to 2018

The trend has only accelerated over time

Since 1972, rate of decline has increased from 1.2% per year to 2.6% per year since 2000

Multiple factors include prenatal exposure to environmental chemicals and poor health behaviours in adulthood

Lower sperm count has been associated with an increased risk of chronic illness, testicular cancer, and a shorter life span