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Manmade chemicals may cause male infertility

Manmade chemicals may cause male infertility

Evidence has emerged that suggests everyday chemicals found in the environment could be damaging to male fertility.

The study, by Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen Universities, was published in the International Journal of Andrology and involved the testing of sheep that had been exposed to chemicals such as cosmetics, detergents and pollutants.

All forms of life are exposed daily to both naturally occurring and manmade chemicals, which is why it is particularly shocking that the experiments revealed “abnormalities that could result in low sperm counts in 42% of the animals”.

It has been suggested that, in light of the rising demand for in-vitro fertilisation (IVF), the effect of manmade chemicals on male fertility could be even greater than first anticipated.

Professor Neil Evans from Glasgow University said, “These findings emphasise that even when the concentration of single chemicals in the environment is very low, it is hard to predict what the health effects are when an individual is exposed to a mixture of chemicals.”

Whilst the knowledge of the effect of manmade chemicals is essential, the study does raise certain animal rights concerns that cannot be ignored.

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