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Sperm Quality Declining

As the world's population continues to climb, many overlook a growing problem found in the decline in sperm quality. From cell phones to genetically modified food items, advances in technology may be to partially to blame for the recent discoveries in this potential correlation. 

Sperm banks are in the market of collecting quality specimens to be used as an alternate way to become pregnant or for storage. Therefore, the quality and quantity are tested to ensure optimal results are found. These institutions are reporting an overall drop in the quality of sperm they handle. 

In studies conducted in Israel and Boston, it was found that the volume, motility and sperm count levels were significantly lower than they were measured before the explosion of technological advances our world has experienced. 

While the correlation seems clear, there are reports that conflict with the theory that the radiofrequency energy emitted from cell phones and other devices are to blame. For example, studies done by the British Medical Journal which analyzed sperm count numbers from 61 random subjects from 1938 to 1990 did show a decrease in sperm count of 50 percent; however, the studies were performed in developed countries. It is likely many of these men were analyzed due to a preliminary concern regarding their sperm count. 

If the decline in sperm quality is attributable to advances in technology, experts are concerned with the impact this growing problem may have on the human race. From hormonal issues encountered from pesticides to damaged immune systems, the plethora of possibilities are still not completely defined. 

While technology is at an irreversible point in history, learning more about the causes for the potential decrease in sperm quality and quantity is important. By understanding how the devices we use for our convenience may be hurting society, proactive steps can be taken to avoid the latent results to come.

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