Semen Quality Affected by Endocrine Disruptors
A new study done by researchers of the University of Geneva has shown that semen quality in young men may be influenced by their mother’s exposure to endocrine disruptors while in pregnancy. The endocrine disruptors are certain pesticides, heavy metals and phthalates. The study was based on semen quality of 1000 people whose semenvolume and sperm concentration, motility and morphology was tested. Their parents had worked during pregnancy. The study results showed that young men exposed in utero to endocrine disruptors are twice as likely to have values below the reference values established by the World Health Organisation in terms of the semen volume (threshold at 2 ml) and the total number of spermatozoa per ejaculation (40 million). Pregnant women should be told of the potential hazards of exposure to endocrine disruptors if they hold jobs.