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Why is the sperm count reduced by 1.4% per year

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According the study in Denmark,  males’ sperm count reduced 1.4% on average every year.

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From 1973 to 2011, over 42,000 males representing all the developed world were involved in the analysis, and the sperm counts have reduced about 52.4% over 38 years. This number is certainly disturbing, but what urgent steps could be taken to stop the trends.

Two main factors are involved, both have appeared in the lives of modern human beings in the past half century. One is environmental, the other is personal lifestyle. Our environment has modern issues, however it seems that we could only try to fix on the individual levels.

As a surgical urologist and andrologist, I deal with personal lifestyles that is the main approach of individually treating males and couples. There are many daily habits that modern males should avoid and correct. Beginning from the male babies older than two years of age, the little boy’s diaper should be changed every few hours rather than let the area closed for a whole day. It is fine for those younger babies, but for those older than two years it is a problem.

Cryptorchidism has to be operated before two years of age

The temperature keep warming up in the area is the similar condition as the cryptorchidism. The testicles need 2 to 3 degrees cooler than the body temperature to produce quality sperm. In cryptorchidism, the one or both testicles don’t migrate down to the cooler scrotum. Staying in a warm abdomen causes malfunctions in making sperms. Surgeries prior to age of two should be done to pull down the testicle and fix it at the bottom of scrotum.

Not just about sperms, when the cell division process doesn’t function properly, it also leads to testicular cancers. In my other article, I said males are just fragile as female, if not a little more. In this article, the numbers show that the incidence of testicular cancers also increased in the past half century.

Reference:

http://www.bmj.com/content/359/bmj.j4517

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