Sperm counts among western men have halved in last 40 years – study

Sperm counts among men have more than halved in the last 40 years, research suggests, although the drivers behind the decline remain unclear.

The latest findings reveal that between 1973 and 2011, the concentration of sperm in the ejaculate of men in western countries has fallen by an average of 1.4% a year, leading to an overall drop of just over 52%.

“The results are quite shocking,” said Hagai Levine, an epidemiologist and co-author of the study from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

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  • Del Evans

    plastics

    • Lattes!

      • Del Evans

        They are a symptom

    • Exile1981

      I have seen numbers that say it’s soy and estragin in hair care products.I find it interesting that the new food guide suggests less meat and more soy.

    • Felix_Culpa

      Or residues of birth control pills going into the water system.

    • K1

      yes.
      + more….
      mercury and other toxins spewed from factories land on our …
      hair
      vegetable gardens
      oceans, lakes, streams (acid rain)
      HEAVY METAL TOXINS ARE HORMONE DISRUPTORS + MORE!
      …. you know your Global Warming arguments…!!!
      Well that is a useless argument,
      drummed up by industry,
      to avert OUR attention from the REAL PROBLEM CAUSED BY INDUSTRY…

      HEAVY METAL TOXIC EMISSIONS BY INDUSTRY WORLD WIDE.

  • marty_p

    Remember what your father told you – “it only takes one”.

  • Hard Little Machine

    So ‘The Children of Men’ is real

    • BillyHW

      Worst movie ever.

  • tom_billesley

    It’s the contraceptive pill hormones contaminating the water supply.

    • Exile1981

      A study out of Japan last year found that all of Tokyo’s water was laced with estrogen from birth control pills and that the water also had high amounts of lithium from anti-depresents in it as well. They found that the drugs are in the water from people urinating them out and also from industrial effluent. Current water treatment does not remove them from water made potable.

  • That might explain some things.

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    Women voters sure have a lot to answer for!

    • BillyHW

      Brown-noser.

      • Tweety58

        Fuck you, you tedious troll.

  • tom_billesley

    Prof Allan Pacey of Sheffield University remains somewhat sceptical.
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-40719743

  • k1962

    Take the cell phone out of the front pocket boys.

    • john700

      and put it in the back pocket. it will solve lots of other problems!

  • felis gracilis

    As leftism invades and encircles the body politic, testosterone in male believers is diminished, the testicles begin to shrink and the sperm count declines. Coincidentally, the victims start believing myths that become more and more audacious (i.e. a gas that is beneficial to plants will bring on Armageddon; i.e. governments have unlimited revenue that must be redistributed to designated victim groups). Other signs include rampant self-hatred, belief than one is some gender other than male, and a whiny need to have others affirm their increasingly lunatic delusions.

  • bob e

    don’t think this baby can handle the truth at this age boss ..

  • Norman_In_New_York

    I do not see any identification of the specific countries in which the studies were conducted. The lead researcher is from a country that still sires children above replacement, so either sperm counts in Israel are normal, or the men do it more and enjoy it better.

  • Tweety58

    Were only liberal “men” tested ?

  • krystal10

    Some 20 years ago, pesticide use (aka chemicals) was the suspected culprit.

  • lolwut? (Deplorable Hoser)

    Bullshit..

    This is just some bogus study that will be used to justify flooding the west with third world trash after decades of trying to convince people that having less children was good.

  • Tooth&Claw

    In a world with 7 billion people is this something to worry about?