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Chemicals, the alarm bell of male fertility

The researchers’ report, published in the May 2014 issue of the journal Fertility and Sterility, included a startling finding: Men were far more likely to experience fertility difficulties as a result of exposure to toxic chemicals.

The difference in the effect between men and women was significantly noticeable in the area of phthalates (pronounced “fth-ah-lees”), substances that make plastics flexible and lotions easier to apply. They can also be found in detergents, packaging, textiles, and common household products.

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Frequent flyers, skiing, and hiking: high altitude’s links to fertility

A host of research studies indicate that the effects of high altitude, where oxygen is scarcer and dehydration processes operate faster, could extend to male fertility. Both legend and science seem to agree on this point, including that “aircraft personnel seem to form a disproportionately large percentage of infertile men” (these days, that includes frequent flyers)

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Global Warming: the surprising effects on male fertility

If you look nine months after a heat wave in August, the following May you see significantly fewer births. The drop in births isn’t due to people having less sex when the temperature rises… the opposite, in fact, proves true. Studies that show sperm production decreases in hot weather suggest the pattern is probably attributable to heat’s effect on male fertility.

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Consultants, bankers, and lawyers: check your laptops

The average Brit spends, on average, 8 hours and 41 minutes using communication and media devices, as compared to 8 hours and 21 minutes for sleeping. These numbers don’t seem all that out of the ordinary -- especially for instance, lawyers updating contract language on the fly; investment bankers updating the font size of the pitch deck for the 27th time; and, management consultants generating Harvey Balls all day.

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