Should we blame plastic? Maybe!
OK, several words, one of which is plastics, but all of which are about the increasing role chemicals have played in post-WWII life. Dr. Armando Hernandez-Rey, a reproductive endocrinology and infertility specialist at Conceptions Florida, believes sperm count is on the decline thanks in part to these environmental factors. “These include food and environmental toxins like preservatives, BPA, and similar chemicals found in plastics, fire retardants used in furniture, and many others,” he says. He's not the only one to suspect these endocrine-disrupting substances could help explain the decline in male fertility.
So, wow, that’s a lot of stuff to avoid if you're trying to SOS (save our sperm). It gets worse though: even the sun, the life-giving king of the sky, can drive sperm decline via ambient radiation, Dr. Hernandez-Rey adds, and the older you are, the more the effects have accumulated.