The average sperm count fell by 60 per cent over the last 25 years…

(UK Daily Mail) Try to imagine a world where lovestruck young couples make their first romantic commitment not with a ring or a joint mortgage, but by going to a cryogenics centre to have their sperm and eggs stored in ice until the day they can finally afford to start a family together.

Spermageddon: Why the Human Race Could Be Infertile in 50 years

That outlandish scenario may be one step closer to reality, though, following claims this week that male fertility in the Western world has gone into freefall. Scientists warned that sperm counts — the number of sperm in a semen sample — have more than halved in the past 40 years.

New findings show that between 1973 (when reliable studies began) and 2011 the concentration of sperm in the ejaculate of men in Western countries fell by an average of 1.4 per cent a year, an overall fall of just over 53 per cent.

In the span of a single generation — about 25 years — the average sperm count fell by 60 per cent…

Because this crisis is not simply about male sperm. It is the starkest possible evidence of the catastrophic damage we are doing to ourselves and our world.

For all the evidence indicates that the fall in sperm counts and quality is a direct result of pollution…

Of most immediate concern are fertility rates, which have been steadily falling in the Western world for the past three decades as women have fewer children (or none). At the same time, infertility problems have risen…

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