Feeling Light In the Pants? You’re Not Alone; Sperm Counts Declining
Your constant connection to your family might be destroying your chance at making more family, researchers claim (again). That iPhone in your pocket might be killing off your sperm, angry birds-style, and not just from the radiation.
We can’t just blame the iPhone. Sperm counts and quality have been on the decline for the last 50 years in Europe and the United States. This isn’t breaking news – when researchers have a slow quarter and need some extra funding and pocket money, they spin the “Wheel of Research” which has topics like “Technology & Sperm Counts,” “Obesity Linked to _____,” and “Causes of Happiness.” I swear, we all missed the boat on being a researcher.
Keep reading for a list of other modern comforts that kill your chance at fathering children.
In the past, inability to conceive used to be easy to pass-off on the wife. There’s so much biological timing and internal plumbing in a woman that as long as a dude could prove that something was coming out of him, he was off the hook. CBS Miami says that 8 million couples in the United States alone are having fertility problems – mentioning that just about half of the time (or ~50% for you math people), it’s the dude’s problem.
CBS turned to Dr. Paul Turek, an expert on man-meat, who has a partial list of sperm-killers:
- Hot baths taken every other day (it only takes a month to slam your count to zero, and 3 months to recover)
- Smoking (nicotine, tobacco)
- Recreational drugs (opiates in particular)
- Excess alcohol
- Hair Loss Medication
- Cellphones (when in your pants pocket, from heat)
- Laptops (when in your lap, from heat)
- Pesticides & Herbicides (like dibromochloropropane, alachlor, diazanon & atrazin)
- Polychlorinated biphenyls (found in sealants, adhesives, insulating fluids & carbonless copy paper)
- Phthalates (found in plastics)
- Bisphenol-A (BPA, the mean stuff that the rest of the world has banned but the US won’t)
- Testosterone & Other Steroids
…this is, of course, a partial list.
Dr. Turek suggests that whether or not you’re planning on conceiving, you should get regular check-ups, just like women do – though you might not want to go to the same doctor. The last thing you want is a speculum jammed into your pickle.
Sauce: CBS Miami