No fertile men in 50 years as sperm counts slide?

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    MUMBAI: Blame it on growing levels of stress, obesity or pollutants in the air, counts of the microscopic sperm are falling and causing mega concern across the globe. One estimate holds that it has fallen by as much as 50% in the last 50 years.

    Dr P M Bhargava, who worked out the Indian guidelines for assisted reproductive techniques (which are soon expected to become the law), said the trend of falling sperm counts was noticed in the mid-90s in the West. "Some doctors in India believe that sperm counts are falling locally too," he said, adding that the western studies show that counts have been falling by 2% every year. "At this rate, there would be no fertile men left in the next 40-50 years," added the Hyderabad-based Bhargava, who is counted among India's foremost scientists.

    A couple of years back, a study from Scotland of 7,500 men who attended the Aberdeen Fertility Centre between 1989 and 2002 showed that average sperm concentrations fell by nearly 30%. Another study from Copenhagen found a newer reason apart from alcohol abuse, smoking and obesity for this decline -endocrine disrupters. "Many everyday substances such as plastic buckets (or milk bottles) emit chemicals that are similar to estrogen, the female hormone,'' said Bhargava. It is exposure to the female hormone-like chemicals that could be reducing the sperm count in men, believe a school of scientists. Commonly used pesticides such as DDT and dioxins have been named as culprits.

    Many disagree. Infertility specialist Dr Aniruddha Malpani said endocrine disrupters are just one of the unproven theories floating around to explain falling sperm counts. "It is the most famous theory, but it hasn't been proven yet,'' he said. Rising infertility is a problem for both men and women due to late marriages and delayed child-bearing, he added.

    Dr Anjali Malpani gives a statistical break-up of how sperm counts have been falling steadily over the decades. "When we started Mumbai's first sperm bank two decades ago, we would get donors who would easily have counts of 40-60 million spermatozoa per millilitre,'' she said. But in 2009-end, the World Health Organization (WHO) revised its definition of normal sperm count to 20 million per ml. So, the Malpani sperm bank only rejects potential donors whose counts are below 15 million per ml. "In 1950, the WHO itself had pegged the normal count as 113 million per ml," she added.

    Sperm donation itself has undergone a sea change in Mumbai. "Two decades ago, when we set up the city's first sperm bank, we were asked how we could use such a word openly. It was difficult to get donors because men would say they didn't want lookalikes walking down the streets 20 years hence," said Anjali Malpani.

    Now, Mulund-based sperm bank Trivector gets six to seven potential donors walking in every day. "About 70% of them are rejected because of the stringent selection criteria," said Trivector's Dilip Patil, adding that college students come in to donate for extra money. "We get students from Mulund, neighbouring Navi Mumbai and western suburbs that are close by.''

    However, very few from south Mumbai opt to donate at his clinic. "We do have some donors who come in swanky cars and donate because it is a noble cause. There is a CEO who drives down to Mumbai to donate sperms on a regular basis," added Patil.
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    It's true. Bollywood movies of the 80s is proof to this article. Then the villians would rape the hero's sister or gf only once and she would get pregnant. Instead of sperms, live and healthy tadpoles would be passed as the villians had a simple and stress free job of rape, loot, and kill. And the mother would always blame it on God saying 'hey, bhagwan yeh tune kya kar diya?'. God, victim and the rapist all are confused.

    One of my mates tried for 4 months, which included numerous visits to the doc, for his wife to conceive. I asked him if he saw any 80s movies. He said, yes. I told him, had you been creative in the bedroom like being a rapist of the 80s, you would have needed just one session. Strangely, he laughed.
     
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    Now that you've planned and made up your mind to get pregnant, you wish it happens as soon as possible! However, don't get impatient if it takes time. There are a couple of things you should do and some things that you should avoid to increase your chances.

    Once you've made up your mind about having a baby, visit a gynaecologist to get a check-up done. There's a lot you need to learn and know about pregnancy and getting your doubts cleared by an expert is a good idea. Ask your doctor about prenatal vitamins that contain folic acid, which will decrease your risk of having a baby with neural tube defects. If you have any medical problems, they need to be brought under control before you become pregnant.

    Familiarise yourself with your cycle. Each woman is different. Remember that ovulation is the best time to get pregnant and symptoms of ovulation include changes in the cervical mucus such as a thin watery, mucus-like discharge. There are several ovulation prediction kits available in the market that can tell you the best time to get pregnant.

    While some people claim certain positions are best for getting pregnant, there is no real evidence that agrees with this. While the missionary position is favoured by many, sitting or standing makes it difficult for the sperm to travel upstream. Stay in bed for 15 to 20 minutes after having sex and avoid going to the bathroom, too.

    Just because you're in a hurry to get pregnant doesn't mean you should have sex all the time. Sometimes this could result in your man's sperm count getting depleted due to constant ejaculation. Give it a break sometimes. Ensure your man avoids wearing tight-fitting clothes and spends little time in the jacuzzi.

    Stress is one of the biggest problems that will stop you from getting pregnant. Besides wrecking havoc on ovulation, it can also cause sexual dysfunction and performance anxiety in men. Indulge in something that relaxes you. Meditation, breathing exercises, soothing music can all help you lower stress levels. Make sure you get moderate exercise. Too much will cause problems during ovulation. Experts recommend walking for 30 minutes thrice a week. Also watch what you eat. If you're overweight, you preferably need to lose some pounds before you attempt to have a baby.
     
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    /\/\/\ Also, a balanced diet can keep sperm count healthy. I have also read somewhere that if woman achieves an orgasm, while the man also come during the same time, pregnancy chances increase many fold. This is because when a woman gets an orgasm, they have contractions, which in slang means vaginal muscles contract, thus pushing the sperm deeper.

    When a woman gets an orgasm, and you're still inside, you actually can feel the contractions.
     
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