Pollution may be affecting couples’ fertility in Nigeria

For citizens who rely on back-up energy when their home electricity fails, a physician is warning that toxic fumes produced by home generators could be decreasing fertility.

Dr. Abdul-Gafar Jimoh, professor of obstetrics and gynaecology at the University of Llorin, reports that hydrocarbons released by the excessive use of alternative energy may impact male sperm production and female ovulation.

The use of backup generators is common in Nigeria, with many of the citizens using generators during power outages.

Dr Jimoh reports that up to 25% of all couples are affected by the pollution.

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