The infertility crisis is beyond doubt. Now scientists must find the cause | Science | The Guardian

It does seem to me that this is for the best. Sadly, it is too common to perseverate on bloodlines. Countries are concerned because they fear that their own people will die off, unable to perpetuate the genetics that are mainly cosmetic. It’s okay that there won’t be as many babies born, globally speaking. Maybe more women will realize that they don’t exist to be baby manufacturers. And if men have to adapt to the end of their bloodline, there’s nothing to be sad about, right?

What will happen when sperm becomes a commodity? Perhaps on the`black market, being traded for crack on the corner. Forget bit-coin, invest in sperm!

 

Nor are they alone in declaring their worries about declining sperm counts in the west. Earlier this year, the World Health Organisation described current knowledge of male infertility as “very low”, a relative ignorance that has since been acknowledged by the UK Medical Research Council, which has issued a call for scientists to put forward projects in the field for funding. “We are still relatively ignorant about the causes of male infertility, and as a matter of urgency we need to increase, substantially, our research effort into male reproductive health,” said Barratt.The dangers of this ignorance were highlighted by Professor Richard Sharpe at Edinburgh University – though he was also quick to dismiss the more outlandish claims that current dwindling sperm counts could doom humanity.“The end of humanity is not approaching,” said Sharpe. “But at the individual level, for affected people, this trend could be tragic. We have no treatments for improving sperm production in infertile men, and we have no idea about what is the cause of the condition. We cannot remedy it. So we are completely hamstrung.”The problem is particularly urgent in the west, where couples are having families much later in life, he said. In 2014, 52% of all live births in the UK were to mothers aged 30 and over (67% of fathers fell into this age group). However, when a woman reaches the age of 32 her chances of conceiving start to decrease gradually but significantly until, by 40, they have fallen by half. At the same time, more and more men now have sperm counts low enough to impair their fertility.

Source: The infertility crisis is beyond doubt. Now scientists must find the cause | Science | The Guardian

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