Majority of young European men may be subfertile

Adverse trends in male reproductive health: we may have reached a crucial ‘tipping point’

Healthy men produce an enormous number of sperms, far more than necessary for conception. However, several studies suggest that semen samples where the concentration of sperms is below 40 mill/mL may be associated with longer time to pregnancy or even subfertility, and specimens where the concentration of sperms is below 15 mill/mL may carry a high risk of infertility. Historic data from the 1940s show that the bulk of young men at that time had sperm counts far above 40 mill/mL with averages higher than 100 mill/mL. However, recent surveillance studies of young men from the general populations of young men in Northern Europe show that semen quality is much poorer. In Denmark approximately 40 percent of the men have now sperm counts below 40 mill/mL. A simulation assuming that average sperm count had declined from 100 mill/mL in ‘old times’ to a current level close to 40 mill/mL indicated that the first decline in average sperm number of 20–40 mill/mL might not have had much effect on pregnancy rates, as the majority of men would still have had counts far above the threshold value. However, due to the assumed decline in semen quality, the sperm counts of the majority of 20 year old European men are now so low that we may be close to the crucial tipping point of 40 mill/mL spermatozoa. Consequently, we must face the possibility of more infertile couples and lower fertility rates in the future.

What can a man do about this? There are some unknowns, but I would say to avoid phthalates and other toxic chemicals, drink only pure water known to be estrogen-free, avoid soy and other food products that contain xenoestrogens, make sure that one is zinc-replete by supplementing with zinc (but don’t overdo it).

It goes without saying that weight training and a low carb, high fat diet ought to help.

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William Rebel says April 2, 2014

Don’t forget the increasing use of smartphones and tablets produces a higher risk of RF radiation damaging sperm. There is also been some research into how a sedentary lifestyle affects sperm counts.

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William Rebel says April 2, 2014

There has been a lot of research documenting RF radiation from cellphones, smartphones, and tablets having a negative impact on sperm count. Also, there has been some more research showing that a sedentary lifestyle suppresses sperm counts.

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J says April 3, 2014

Already fertility clinics are full all over Europe.

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Anonymous says April 3, 2014

You don’t need a sperm count to know this. Just look at their lifestyle and socialist politics

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Anonymous says April 10, 2014

The main reason that todays men have low fertility is that they have a sedentarian life even from childhood and don’t eat properly. You have many ways to improve your fertility, here are some good tips:

– Go to a gym at least 3 days a week (anaerobic exercises and if you have some fat do aerobic also)
– Practice some sport.
– Eat well, adopt an equilibrated diet (include meat,eggs and some nuts)
– Rest well
– Don’t smoke, don’t drink too much alcohol.

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Joel Raupe says April 15, 2014

One of the first questions I would have to ask is how widespread the use of lavender is among these folks, in soaps and candles, etc. Wouldn’t it be interesting to see these counts mapped out in a manner similar to that abortion rate demographic map? Are the “no-go” zones of France experiencing this kind of “sperm count collapse syndrome?”

Still, my gut tells me, so to speak, that diet is the chief vector.

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How to heal + stay young + protect from bad stuff – lechemindurenard says June 15, 2016

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Perkunos says August 7, 2016

Same phenomenon as lowered testosterone levels. Diet is a huge part of it. Soy in particular is probably sterilizing many people. It’s OK when fermented, at least in small quantities. But the raw industrial product … it’s known to make livestock sterile.Lifestyle is probably also part of it. Finally, decline in nicotine consumption is also probably part of it; nicotine is an aromatase inhibitor.

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