Manhood under attack

Mid Day

By: Aviva Dharmaraj
December 22, 2009

K-serial viewers could soon get a well-deserved break from being subjected to forlorn women spurned by the husband and in-laws because of their inability to breed. According to experts, infertility in men is on the rise. So, scriptwriters will soon need to scramble to introduce the trend into primetime television. The average Indian male now produces less sperm per ejaculation than his ancestors.

“Sperm counts have gone down from 80 million per ml to 30-50 million over the last two decades,” says Dr Anjali Malpani, director, Malpani Infertility Clinic. Other factors that influence male fertility include sperm motility, an absence of sperm cells, or too few spermatozoa in semen. External factors influencing the trend include smoking, excess alcohol consumption, the use of certain drugs to decrease blood pressure, the use of steroids, an increase in the number of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and obesity, according to Dr Malpani.

Indian climate to blame
Experts have raised questions about Indian men being at a start-up disadvantage, as opposed to men in other countries. India’s warm, humid tropical climate leaves the Indian male vulnerable to infertility.

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Author: Leslie Carol Botha

Author, publisher, radio talk show host and internationally recognized expert on women's hormone cycles. Social/political activist on Gardasil the HPV vaccine for adolescent girls. Co-author of "Understanding Your Mood, Mind and Hormone Cycle." Honorary advisory board member for the Foundation for the Study of Cycles and member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research.