When there is a fertility issue between a couple, many people probably assume that the issue belongs to the woman. It may be a false belief, but it is partly understandable because the woman is the partner to give birth and often the primary nurturer of the child in its younger years. New research suggests that this assumption may be particularly wrong among couples in North America, Australia, Europe, and New Zealand, where sperm counts are dropping at an alarming rate.
Decreased Sperm Counts In The Western World
A major study done on men’s sperm counts undertaken by researchers at Hebrew University-Hadassah Braun School of Public Health and Community Medicine in Jerusalem was published in the journal Human Reproduction. The study revealed that men in North America, Australia, New Zealand, and Europe, have seen their collective sperm counts drop by over fifty percent between 1973 and 2011. Sperm concentration showed a 52.4% decline while total sperm count showed a 59.3% decline. The researchers say there is no indication that the decline in men’s sperm count in these countries is slowing. In sharp contrast, men in South America, Asia, and Africa did not show a similar decline although there have been fewer of these studies undertaken in these regions for comparison.