A recent study has highlighted the concerning decline in sperm count. Researchers assessed results of nearly 200 studies and have found sperm counts among men from North American, Europe, AUSTRALIA, and New Zealand have halved in less than 40 years.
Dr Hagai Levine, an epidemiologist led the research which found a 52.4% decline in sperm concentration and a 59.3% decline in total sperm count in men from the above countries. Alarmingly, the decline seems to be continuing to increase.
Dr Levine even went on to say, “eventually we may have a problem, and with reproduction in general, and it may be the extinction of the human species.” He also said that there is an urgent need to find out why sperm counts are decreasing and to find ways of reversing the trend. Scientists not involved in the study have praised the quality of the research but there are also some sceptics.
Whether we really are on the way to extinction or we still have hundreds of thousands of years ahead of us fertility, or infertility is a common topic of conversation and research in Australia. Infertility is defined as ‘the inability to conceive a pregnancy after 12 months of unprotected sex’. It affects as many as 1 in 6 Australian couples.
IVF Australia indicates an evenly weighted contribution from the female and the male. ‘In 40% of couples the cause of infertility is attributed to a sperm factor, in another 40% the cause is found within the female reproductive system, and a third will have a combination of male and female factors.’
What does this all mean? While we may not necessarily become extinct, there are still very real statistics highlighting the issues there are associated with baby making today than in previous decades. To sum it up, we need sperm and we need eggs now more than ever.
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