New research suggests global sperm counts have halved since the past five decades
A new study focused on sperm count across the world has found that the number has halved in the past five decades. According to a report in Euronews on Tuesday, November 15, the pace of reduction in global sperm count has increased two times in the 21st century.
“The findings, published in the journal Human Reproduction Update, serve as a canary in a coal mine”, said Professor Hagai Levine, the study’s lead author from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s Hadassah Braun School of Public Health, according to the report.
The data analyzed for this research, the report states, was taken from 223 studies. These studies were based on samples that were collected from 53 different countries and included over 57,000 men.
According to the report, the analysis shows for the first time that men from Africa, Asia and Latin America share a similar decline in sperm count. The concentration, the report adds, is similar to what was previously observed in North America, Europe and Australia.
The report also warns that the percentage of global sperm count in men has dangerously come close to a point where conception will be more difficult. This also means that couples around the world are more likely to require medical assistance in the future to have babies.
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