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Sperm count in Western world dropped by 50 percent, still falling

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Well, here is some depressing news.

In a study recently released by the journal Human Reproduction Update, their latest findings show the sperm count in the U.S., Europe, Australia, and New Zealand have dropped 50 percent in the last 40 years.

It’s unclear what is causing the drop, however, but the study claims “environmental and lifestyle influences” are probably to blame. Some of these influences include chemical exposure, such as pesticides in adult life or exposure to maternal smoking while in the womb.

The findings were gathered from 185 studies from 1973 through 2011 and is based on 42,000 sperm samples.

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And the study has even more bad news: the sperm count decline shows no signs of stopping.

However, men in South America, Asia and Africa have shown no decline in sperm counts, although those findings could also be skewed due to limited resources. 

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