Reports have suggested that male fertility has declined worldwide, possibly as a result of exposure to chemicals. ¬†Though it‚Äôs unclear which chemicals are directly responsible for decreased sperm counts, a few compounds have been identified:
Cookware. ¬†Non-stick coatings such as Teflon contain perfluorinated compounds (PFCs). ¬†These compounds have been found to correlate with decreased sperm count and increased abnormal sperm.
Fish. ¬†Fish from contaminated water may contain Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs). ¬†PCBs have been linked to decreased sperm quality, sperm DNA damage, and lowered testosterone levels, all of which decrease fertility.
Fat. ¬†PCBs are also found in animal fats. ¬†Therefore, try to limit the amount of animal fat you consume by choosing low-fat meats and cooking methods.
Cans. ¬†Bisphenol-A (BPA) is often found in the lining of food storage cans. ¬†BPA is a hormone disruptor that has been found to decrease sperm concentration and sperm mobility. ¬†Increase the amount of fresh foods in your diet to decrease circulating BPA.