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posted by Fnord666 on Friday July 28 2017, @03:21AM   Printer-friendly
from the children-of-soy dept.

The BBC reports that sperm quality continues to drop. Specifically, researchers "found a 52.4% decline in sperm concentration, and a 59.3% decline in total sperm count in men from North America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand." While alarmist publications tout this as a 60% drop, the decline is accelerating and the researchers are concerned that inaction may lead to species extinction despite the effect not being observed in regions with high machismo, such as South America, Asia and Africa.

The study "aggregates 185 studies between 1973 and 2011, one of the largest ever undertaken." It supposedly overcomes selection bias occurring from patients attending fertility (virility?) clinics and selection bias of null results not being published in journals (churnals?). My intuition is that insights can be gained from studying transsexualism. Practitioners claim patients increase at the rate of 15% per year (doubling every five years), over many decades and with no end in sight. This is akin to Moore's law, Kryder's law, Butters' law, Hendy's law, Rider's law, Carlson's law or any other exponential halving or doubling. So, it doesn't take a genius to understand that it will become an increasingly widespread issue.

Regardless, masculine medical problems are vastly under-represented. By some estimates, spending on male medical problems is about 1/4 of spending on female medical problems. For example, when a man seeks help for a legitimate medical issue, such as declining testosterone, a patient at the lower end of the "normal" range may be denied treatment even if he is constantly exhausted.

Well, take care of yourself. Eat properly. Drink properly. Rest properly. Stay active. And if healthy food and exercise won't fix accumulated problems, consider hormone replacement. You may also want to watch two films which seem to be mentioned with increasing frequency and seem to predict our era with some accuracy: Children Of Men and Colossus: The Forbin Project. Children Of Men is the second bleakest film I've ever seen and the film I've seen most during its initial cinema release. It explores the scenario of global infertility leading to economic collapse. In addition to a nexus of cast and crew, the seamless plot and astounding compositing, the film is a fantastic example of mise-en-scène which is best explained by example.

Anyhow, enjoy the films and get your medical problems addressed.

Disclosure: People in my family are affected by virility and hormone problems. I have a professional interest in film, media encoding and art education.


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  • (Score: 3, Interesting) by Grishnakh on Friday July 28 2017, @04:46PM (1 child)

    by Grishnakh (2831) on Friday July 28 2017, @04:46PM (#545856)

    Considering that most violence is perpetrated by men, we'd honestly be better off with masculinity bred out of us.

    The problem, of course, is reproduction, but that can be fixed with genetic engineering, IVF, etc. Give the technology another couple decades and this hysteria over low sperm counts should disappear: low (or even zero) sperm counts will be a positive, not a negative, since that'll mean few or no unplanned pregnancies. When people want to have kids, they can just do it artificially.

    Of course, given that the #1 reason people have kids these days is "whoops!", this will mean a rapidly declining population which could cause problems. But that can be fixed too, if all this anti-aging research pans out and human lifespans are greatly increased. If we can look forward to 200-500 or more years of life, or possibly even biological immortality, then a low birthrate won't be such a problem because the death rate will also be very low, resulting in a stable population. When that happens, sperm counts will not be a problem at all.

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  • (Score: 1, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Friday July 28 2017, @07:03PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday July 28 2017, @07:03PM (#545914)

    If I were to score and rank people on this, my measure would be roughly "defensive violence divided by offensive violence", with reasonable preemptive strikes counting as defense.

    It takes violence to defend a person, family, or country.

    Evolution made us violent because violence is required for survival. Even pacifists rely on it, taking advantage of the fact that others will intervene on their behalf with violence.