11 Jul 2017

LOWER SPERM MOTILITY IN MEN EXPOSED TO COMMON CHEMICAL

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Men with higher exposure to the substance DEHP, a so-called phthalate, have lower sperm motility and may therefore experience more difficulties conceiving children, according to a Lund University study.

Many phthalates are found in soft plastics in our daily surroundings: wallpaper, sandals, nail polish, perfume, floors, carpets and more.

Since phthalate molecules leak out of plastics, we are exposed to it daily and absorb the chemicals through food, drink, skin contact and inhalation. Phthalate levels can be measured by a simple urine sample.

“We have studied metabolite levels of the phthalate DEHP (diethylhexyl phthalate) in urine as an indicator of exposure, as well as the semen quality of 300 men between the ages of 18 and 20. The results show that the higher metabolite levels the men had, the lower their sperm motility was,” says Jonatan Axelsson, researcher at the Department of Laboratory Medicine, Lund University.

As previous research has reported that there is a linear connection also between sperm motility and chances of becoming pregnant, the findings could indicate that the more exposed one is to DEHP, the smaller the chances are of having children.

Herbs and supplements that can help improve sperm motility and male fertility include Tribulus terrestris, Astragalus, Dong quai, Panax notoginseng, Vitamin D, and CoEnzyme Q10,

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