WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- A recent study says that male infertility is on the rise.
- According to researchers, the number of men getting treatment ballooned from 8,000 to 60,000 for the last 15 years.
- Lead researcher Dr. Ashley Tiegs attributed the sperm count drop to “environmental factors like plastics and smoking and obesity.”
A new research reveals that male infertility has multiplied. The number of men getting treated for infertility goes up seven-times. That’s not all, the quality of sperm drops radically over the last 15 years.
Dr. Ashley Tiegs, the study head researcher, believes “This is a public health concern.”
The results were presented on October 8 at the American Society for Reproductive Medicine in Denver, Colorado.
Tiegs’ team examined samples from US and Spain fertility centers from years between 2002-2017. The team discovered that the number of men getting treatment ballooned from 8,000 to 60,000 within the time period. Sperm counts noticeably dropped as well.
“Total motile sperm count has shown to be more productive of outcomes for pregnancy. It’s also been correlated with embryo development and expansion routes. We wanted to know if total motile sperm count was affected and if it is declining, then what are the implications?” Tiegs expound.
The rate of male-related IVF cases has also climbed and even predicted to get even higher.
“We weren’t expecting to find that, that the trend of sperm count declining has real treatment implications,” Tiegs added.
Researchers indicated that 36 is the average age of men receiving fertility treatment.
Men who have a total motile sperm count of zero-5 million are obliged to undergo IVF treatment if they wish to conceive.
According to experts, a sperm count of more than 20 million is considered normal. The count of men having below-average sperm counts has dropped since 2002.
Tiegs accredited the drop to “environmental factors like plastics and smoking and obesity.”
“We know obesity is on the rise, and it does affect sperm quality. It increases the risk of morbidity and mortality, but it can also affect offspring too,” she said.
The findings made by Tiegs and her team come a year after Hebrew University and Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai researchers presented data revealing a 59% decrease in sperm counts since 1973.
Source: New York Post