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Percent of men that are infertile

In the Western world, right now

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Percent of men that are infertile

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The effects of pollution on human...
health are disturbing to say the least. The level of male infertility is 20 times higher than in the late 1930s. Exposure to chemical pollution is likely to be part of the cause.

Top 5 facts about male infertility

1

The level of male infertility is increasing

0.5 percent of men were functionally sterile in 1938. Today the number has reached 8-12 percent - a 20-fold increase!


2

It is linked to chemicals in our environment

Men who live in industrial cities (and who therefore are exposed to more chemical pollution) were found to have 6 times more abnormal sperm than men living in a relatively clean rural town.


3

Not just affecting men

Risk of infertility is higher in females who are exposed to textile dyes, dry cleaning chemicals, lead, mercury and cadmium.


4

It's in the products surrounding us

Women working in rubber, plastics or synthetics industry had an 80 percent greater chance of stillbirth. Father employment in the textile industry (chemical dyes, plastics, formaldehyde, etc.) resulted in their wives having a 90 percent greater risk of stillbirth.


5

What to do?

We should pay attention to the chemicals in the products we buy. Everything from food and cosmetics to clothes and toys can contain chemical contaminants.



Male infertility

The projection is based on the assumption that the development identified in Pressinger & Sinclair and Huang, Voyiaziakis, Chent, Rubins & Gordon will continue. This is, of course, an overly simplified projection that can only say what will happen IF the trend continues. The purpose of such an simplified projection is to create awareness of an important problem and not to estimate future levels of male functional sterility. Projection data: In 1938 0.5 percent of men were functionally sterile. In 1996 the number was 10 percent. We are aware that the issues of male sperm quality and fertility levels are very complex and that there are disagreements in the research community on the topic. However, we support the precautionary principle arguing caution in the case of scientific uncertainty. But we encourage you to explore the topic further. We can also recommend the documentaries “Men in Danger” and “The Disappearing Male”. They certainly convinced us that something really scary is going on.


The level of male infertility is increasing

It is linked to chemicals in our environment

Not just affecting men

It's in the products surrounding us

What to do?

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