There's a Sperm Shortage in France

Cosmopolitan.com
Love + Sex
December 5, 2012
The guys over in France have a wee problem.
The guys over in France have a wee problem.

Sorry, ladies of France: Your guys' little swimmers aren't swimming so strongly anymore.

By Meagan Morris

Researchers just released the findings of a 16-year study of 26,600 French men and found that their sperm counts dropped a staggering 32.3 percent-a rate of about two percent a year. According to the study, the average concentration of a 35-year-old man in the country is 49.9 million per milliliter-not low enough to be infertile, but enough to limit his baby-making skills.

"This constitutes a serious public health warning," researcher Dr. Joelle Le Moal told the BBC.

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Uh, yeah. We assume the guys involved aren't too thrilled about it, either.

As for the reasons behind the decline? Scientists didn't measure smoking or weight in the men, but they assume it has something to do with diets and chemical exposure.

The biggest WTF of this study: Why are they measuring national sperm quality anyway? Don't they have a few other things to work on-like, maybe the economy?

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