Watching too much television can lower the sperm count in young males by nearly 50 percent, according to a new study. Research indicates that racking up 20 or more hours in front of the tube in a week greatly affects sperm production.
Published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, the study monitored the lifestyle choices of 189 participants. The test subjects, all male and between the ages of 18 and 22, provided researchers with a sperm sample.
The study evaluated the young males’ exercise, diet, and television habits and then analyzed the results against their sperm count. Findings indicate that the men who admitted to watching significant amounts of television had a 44 percent lower sperm count than those who watched little to none.
An article by ABC News writes that the decrease in sperm count will not necessarily affect fertility. Desiree Spiering, who works as a sex therapist, commented on the study’s findings and how it would relate to fathering a child:
“None of the sperm levels were so low that the men would have been unable to father a child, so when it comes to low sperm count that actually impacts fathering a child, what they then have to go through is probably IVF.”
According to CBC News, the study also revealed that exercise habits can play a role in the production of sperm. Test subjects who maintained a “moderate to vigorous” rate of exercise for 15 or more hours each week showed a 73 percent higher sperm count than their sedentary counterparts.
Will the sperm count study change your television and exercise habits?