Apparently we are in the midst of a sperm storage, according to scientists who shared the results of a new study with colleagues at the American Society for Reproductive Medicine on Monday in Denver. Male infertility is a massive problem with the amount of men seeking treatment for infertility going up seven-fold over the last 15 years. The problem? The quality of semen has been dropping dramatically in developed nations.
“This is a public health concern,” said Dr. Ashley Tiegs, lead researcher on the study.
The study saw an increase in men seeking treatment jump from 8,000 to 60,000 from 2002 to 2017, as well as a drop in men's sperm count. The team expects the trend to continue, forcing more men to take part in IVF.