A current review article states that, on the whole, sperm count for men in North America, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand has declined by more than 50 percent since 1970.
This quote from a CBC article really sums up the facts:
‘… researchers from Israel, the U.S., Denmark, Spain and Brazil performed a comprehensive review of more than 7,500 studies on human sperm count, eliminating those that didn’t meet stringent criteria to ensure data consistency. With the 185 studies left, they did a meta-regression analysis — a method of making sense of multiple studies by accounting for variables to maximize the accuracy of the results.
In the end, their conclusions were based on sperm samples collected from 42,935 men around the world between 1973 and 2011. They found that over those 38 years, sperm concentration declined by 52 per cent, while total sperm count decreased by almost 60 per cent among men from North America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand.’
Nicole Ireland, CBC News
The exact cause of low sperm count is unknown, however, seeing that there has been no decrease in sperm count in Africa, Asia or South America it is speculated that it has to do with the way we live in the West.
It is possible to naturally increase sperm count
Personally, I notice a disproportionate focus on women when it comes to fertility concerns. Of course it is important for women to prioritize health and hormone balance in the name of conception, however it is just as important for the future fathers to focus on optimal health.
All men who are trying to conceive need to work to naturally increase sperm count. This will increase chances of conception and make sure your ‘swimmers’ are in good health; effectively passing on optimal genetics and health to your baby.