Little Ones Making a Comeback?
Infertility statistics gives details of the strange case of the disappearing sperm! In the past few decades, low sperm count in men in the Western world has been increasing steadily. Or to use a proper analogy, decreasing steadily, so that "low sperm count" is quite a normal phrase these days.
Fact: The number of of sperm per milliliter (ml) has dropped from 100 million/ml to around half of that, at between 50 and 60 million/ml (5ml = 1teaspoon). Low sperm count is considered under the 40 million/ml, which is not an ideal level, and under 20 million/ml is considered as infertile. So given the alarming levels that sperm has decreased to, we are not sure our little ones can make a comeback!
Reasons for infertility
This is just one of the reasons for infertility. Included in the infertility statistics, is the fact, whatever sperm are being produced, are much less mobile, than 10 or 20 years ago. The volume of semen produced by modern man has almost halved in that time. Infertility affects about 15% of all males in the USA and UK. Nearly half of these men will look for reasons for infertility, not understanding what these statistics mean and the implication for them. Thus half will seek treatment for infertility.
Environmental conditions are not only affecting the ozone layer!
Environmental pollution is believed to be one of the main reasons for this drop in sperm count. Pesticides are now part of the food chain, which has the same effect on the male body as the female hormone estrogen. Lifestyle changes, drinking, sexually transmitted diseases (STD's), smoking, working longer hours, are all thought to contribute to these reasons for infertility and low sperm count.
Another alarming infertility statistic, is the about the quality of male sperm. As much as 80% of all deformities found in babies born, are attributed to the lack of quality in modern day sperm.
Although this reduction in sperm count and quality is of a very serious nature, it has yet to reach the point of threatening the human race.
Fortunately modern technology has advanced to such a degree, that sperm disorders can be treated with procedures such as sperm washing, which is sometimes recommended as part of artificial insemination treatments.
Female infertility is recorded as being as high as 40% of women who are unable to conceive naturally, within 12 months of trying through unprotected intercourse. The female reproductive system is quite complex and many conditions exist which may prevent pregnancy, such as endometriosis, pelvic inflammatory disease and polycystic ovary syndrome.
Fortunately as mentioned for male infertility, modern science has many solutions to aid female infertility, such as artificial insemination and in vitro fertilization.
Egg donor and sperm donor usage is also increasing due to the high statistics of infertility experienced.
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So how do these statistics assist me? The information recorded here will bring insight into where you are in your infertility struggle. Knowledge, will definitely assist in your search for the reasons and possible cures, bringing you back to your fertility status.
It is well worth finding out how to maximise your sperm count, especially if you and your partner are trying to conceive. We recommend following the infertility diet as an option to looking after those "little ones"!
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