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The Damaging Effects of Modern Life on Sperm

The Damaging Effects of Modern Life on Sperm

By Dr. Edouard Servy|February 16th, 2015|

Did you know that modern life has increased damaging effects on sperm? Several studies have shown that the average sperm concentration (number of sperm per ml) has declined by more than half over the last 60 years. It has been compounded by a 20% decrease in sperm volume. Why is this?

Endocrine-disrupting chemicals such as plastic, fossil fuels (oil and coal), pesticides and cosmetic additives seem to be strongly involved in infertility. Excess smoking, high amount of caffeine, rise of recreational drugs, as well as alcohol consumption have a detrimental effect on sperm quality and production. Many of these compounds or activities increase Oxidative Stress that will impair the production of sperm (or spermatogenesis). Also, some of them affect the sex hormone balance by decreasing the male hormone (testosterone) or inadvertently exposing men or children to derivatives of female hormone (estrogen).

Here are two examples of the most commonly encountered unsuspected culprits:

  1. Meat cooked at high temperature over open flame producing Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAH) identified as very toxic (carcinogenic and mutagenic).
  2. Bisphenol A (BPA), a synthetic estrogen produced by plastic. It contaminates drinks and food especially when heated.

All men planning conception must make every effort to avoid substances susceptible to cause sperm toxicity. In addition, all children must be protected against everything that can disturb their hormonal environment.

See the original posting of this blog here: The Damaging Effects of Modern Life on Sperm

About the Author: Dr. Edouard Servy

Dr. Edouard Servy

Edouard Servy, MD, is the founder of Servy Fertility Institute and an expert in infertility treatment, including in vitro fertilization (IVF), hysteroscopic and laparoscopic surgery. He is also trained in Internal Medicine with a focus on Endocrinology and metabolic disease. As a recipient of the highly prized Irene Bernard grant, Dr. Servy came to Augusta, Georgia, in 1969 for a research fellowship under endocrinology pioneers Dr. Robert B. Greenblatt and Dr. Virendra Mahesh. After completing his training, Dr. Servy established his private practice in Augusta. Dr. Servy’s lab was responsible for the first intrauterine insemination and the first IVF-embryo transfer at blastocyst stage in the United States, as well as the first live birth after cryopreservation at the blastocyst stage following ICSI in the world.

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