Recent news of a sperm count study has been making global headlines. The findings, published in the journal Human Reproduction Update, found that sperm counts have dropped by over 50 per cent in less than 40 years, and this decline rate is not slowing. Interestingly, this decline has only been observed in Western countries: America, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand. The report is concerning not only because of the implications for population, but also because of the implications for men’s health, as decreased sperm counts can be an indicator for premature death. Shanna Swan, a reproductive epidemiologist at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York, theorized that these reproductive issues may start as early as the womb; mothers’ exposure to certain chemicals can significantly harm the normal development of male children’s reproductive organs.
This study also has heavy implications for the current trend of couples starting families later in life. Women’s chances of conceiving begin to gradually decline at age 32; by age 40, those chances have dropped by half. When combined with men’s lower sperm counts, this spells trouble for many couples–especially since, by the time they may discover they are infertile, the window for utilizing assisted reproductive technologies has closed. This is confirmed by last year’s CNN report stating that 2016 was the lowest fertility rate on record so far. Young women are not necessarily immune from infertility, either–in 2015, the CDC recorded that birth rates for women in their 20’s had reached a record low.
Environmental factors and lifestyle have a crucial role to play in this issue. Estrogens have become more prevalent in the environment due to the increased use of oral contraceptives; estrogen leaves the body through urination, but it is often not removed in waste treatment, and is then redeposited in tap water. Ironically, despite this abundance of environmental estrogens, a recent attempt at a male contraceptive injection also used “a long-acting form of progestogen, a hormone that has the effect of blocking sperm production controlled by the pituitary gland.”
Food choices can also make a difference. High fat foods can be detrimental to sperm health. Similarly, trans-fat consumption is related to lower semen parameters, including volume. Eating healthy, not smoking, drinking only in moderation, limiting exposure to chemicals, and keeping smartphones at least 1 foot from the genital area can be helpful. GMOs are also dangerous, and avoiding them is crucial, especially for couples trying to conceive. Also, avoid glyphosate. Multiple papers on rodent studies have indicated disruption of the male reproductive system by glyphosate, used in the herbicide Roundup. If you’re looking to have a child, it’s also a good idea to avoid hot tubs, as sperm like cool temperatures.
Natural supplementation can also be helpful, provided that you do your homework to find a product that has natural ingredients with a proven track record. Doctor’s Choice® has a licensed male enhancement product, Fiery Male®, which helps enhance male physical capacity and performance. The components of this formula are designed not as a shortcut, but as one piece of the fertility solution. Ingredients such as Panax ginseng root, royal jelly, horny goat weed, fermented L-Arginine, and a total of 16 clinically tested ingredients help Fiery Male® work from the inside out to balance hormones levels and, over time, produce reliable, lasting results.
L-Arginine by itself is also great for reproductive issues. Studies suggest that sexual maturity may be delayed by arginine deficiency, implying that arginine is useful in treating sterility in men. It is found in high concentration in the skin and connective tissues, making it helpful for healing and repair of damaged tissue.
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