The post you’ve been waiting for on the precipitous drop in sperm counts for western men is finally here! The average sperm count for men in the western world was 99 million sperm per milliliter of semen in 1973 and dropped to 43 million sperm per milliliter in 2011. That decline appears to be accelerating and (this is the most shocking and frightening fact to me) those changes are epigenetic, meaning that a man’s reduced sperm count will be passed on to his male offspring. One of the Danish endocrinologists who was part of the research team that uncovered this shocking trend recalls saying when he saw the results, “No, it cannot be true,” but subsequent analysis revealed that it indeed is 😵😵😵 Even if you don’t want biological children or already have enough, sperm production is a canary in the coal mine of male bodies: We know, for instance, that men with poor semen quality have a higher mortality rate and are more likely to have diabetes, cancer, and cardiovascular disease than fertile men.
So what is causing this disruption? In short, the industrial and chemical revolutions which have lead to humans ingesting a whole host of compounds that affect our hormones—including, most crucially, estrogen and testosterone.
These endocrine disrupters are ubiquitous and we can’t fully control exposure which makes it crucial that we take steps to limit exposure wherever possible and guess one area where it’s completely possible?? Personal care products! I am extremely proud that today @beautycounter released a line of products for men’s unique skin needs (did you know that men’s skin is, on average, 25% thicker than women’s?)!! These are images of so many men in my life who are currently already using safer skincare. Men, this matters for you, too. We will all have to use our voices and our wallets to demand change to protect the health of the men and boys in our lives and I want you alongside me in demanding better!
Check my next post for the incredible deal that’s coinciding with the launch of Counterman to make switching to safer for guys affordable!