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Spermatozoa Woes-ah? [Ask Dr. Miro: What You Didn’t Learn In Health Class]

Dear Dr. Miro,

What lowers sperm count?

Brad Pitt

Dear “BP”,

An estimated eight million US couples have fertility issues, half of which involve men with poor sperm quality. There are SO many contributing factors to lowering your count. I am not sure if that is what you are trying to do or if that is what you are trying to avoid but here it goes…

To understand this topic better, it is important to get a handle on where your sperm is hanging out and manufactured which is, inside the scrotum. So, first of all, beware of those skinny jeans! You have got to let those boys breathe. Careful of long exposure to extreme temperatures like standing in the freezing cold or severely hot baths. The Cremaster Muscle, responsible for letting the balls hang low or come way up tight, depending on the weather around your manly danglers, can only do so much. Sitting long amounts of time can lower sperm count. This is a major concern for cabbies, pilots, students and any other testicle-baring male who has a sedentary lifestyle.

Take caution in regards to radiation emitting technologies. Try not to store your phone in the front pocket for long amounts of time and keep your laptop off of the genital region. You feel how your computer is getting hot? That is a sign TO MOVE it!

An epidemic decline of sperm counts in modern man is also being blamed on environmental pollution, plastic chemicals, pesticides and unhealthy diets like junk food and sodas. Pharmaceutical drugs are another major cause of decreased swimmers. For example, the common selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressant drugs can literally bring a man’s sperm count to zero!

The men of today have much poorer sperm count than their dads’ and grandfathers’ from just 50 years ago. This is due mainly to all the over-exposure to sperm damaging elements in our world. There just were not the agricultural chemicals, fluoride in the water or BPA’s (a chemical used in plastic products), let alone the aforementioned radiation emitting gadgets that we find “necessary”. This stuff is wreaking havoc on male fertility! Be conscious of what you are putting in and on your body to boost and maintain optimum sperm count.

Lust & Happiness,
Dr. Miro

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