By Kaitlin Stanford for TheBump.com
Attention, ladies: You can officially stop being so hard on your ovaries. Because guess what? Infertility is not just, or even mostly, a woman's problem. It's not even mostly an older woman's problem, or an older man's problem.... A new European study has found that 1 in 5 men between the ages of 18 and 25 are "subfertile" (in other words, not up to snuff for reproduction).
The stat is a bit shocking. How can it be that our youngest, most "virile" men are proving to be…well, not so "virile" after all?
Let's look back to find the answer. There have been whispers of a decline in sperm count rates for years. Back in 1997, scientists collecting data from 61 different studies found that, between 1938 and 1990, U.S. sperm counts had steadily fallen at a rate of 1.5 percent each year. (The news was even bleaker for European men, who apparently showed a decline of about 3.1 percent each year for the same time span.) In the past five years, we've learned that everything from our ever-growing waistlines (men with higher BMIs were shown to have lower sperm counts) and BPA to laptops and cell phones can have a negative impact on a man's little swimmers. Considering the fact that the younger generations have been raised on almost all of this stuff (hey, kids practically come out of the womb already holding a cell phone these days), is it really any wonder all that sperm is dying off?Guys, step away from your iPhone. At the very least, put it on speaker.
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The facts: About 30 percent of infertility cases are caused by the man, 30 percent are linked to the woman, and the remaining 40 percent are a combo of the two or otherwise unexplainable. Did you know that? Do you think most people think of infertility as primarily a woman's problem?
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