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The Falling Sperm Count In Men

Over the last century the male sperm count has been gradually falling. Nobody knows the reason. Today the numbers of infertile men are much higher than it was during the last decade. The recent Male Fertility Study, compiled by Norwich Union Healthcare indicates that 2.5 million British men are affected//. It is estimated that one in 10 male has infertility problem due to low sperm count.

The reason for this lowering of the sperm count has been enigmatic. A reduction in antioxidants levels in the blood maybe the reason for lowering of the sperm count. The anti-oxidants clear the free radicals from the blood. The free radicals are implicated in many diseases and have not been extensively researched. The increase in free radicals or reductions in the anti-oxidants are usually caused by smoking, pesticides, air-pollution, caffeine, some fast foods, pollution of water to name a few. These contributing factors are discussed in some detail in this article.

Pesticides :

Pesticides have a toxic effect on the testicles and other sex glands according to a French study. The problem is that the semen quality once affected by pesticides may not return to normal even with treatment.

Smoking :

Smoking causes to the sperm to move sluggishly and the sperms are unable to reach the egg or not able to penetrate it as they become weak. Once smoking is given up the sperm do return to normal in a few weeks.

Besides this smoking also reduces blood supply to organs such as heart and the sex organs causing difficulty with erections.

Smoking cannabis or grass or marijuana also cause sluggish sperms and impair them.

Caffeine :

Although one is not entirely sure about caffeine research has shown that caffeine appear to make sperm sluggish. But conflicting research has also found that caffeine actually increases the ability of sperm to reach the egg at the right time. A mo
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