Why Your Sperm Count May Be Lower Than You Think – Men’s Health


Posted: July 31, 2017 at 1:45 am

In particular, sperm concentration declined about 1.4 percent each year, for a total drop of 52 percent over that time period. Total sperm count declined 1.6 percent each year, for an overall drop of 59 percent.

This shows that there was no leveling off of the decline in recent years, the study authors write. As a result, more and more men are meeting sperm count criteria for poor fertility or infertility, meaning that conception can be more difficult. (Here are 7 signs your semen is healthy and strong.)

And poor fertility issues are just one possible effect of this: Recent studies have linked lower sperm count to overall health issues, including disease and premature death, the study notes. (Want to keep your penis strong for life? Check out The Mens Health Guide to Erectile Dysfunctionthe only resource you need.)

A decline in sperm count might be considered as a canary in the coal mine for male health across the lifespan, the researchers write.

So whats to blame? This study didnt delve into the possible causes, but a few jump to mind: Environmental influencesincluding endocrine-disrupting chemicalscome to mind, as well as a Westernized diet, smoking, and growing rates of obesity. (Here are 6 things every man should know about his penis.)

Cleaning up your diet may help. In fact, a 2015 study from Taiwan found that the more than men followed a Western diethigh in animal protein, processed foods, and fat and sugarthe worse their sperm concentration and the normally-shaped sperm they tended to have. Adding omega-3s, found in things like walnuts, may help sperm quality.

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