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Healthy Sperm is Declining Everywhere—Except in NYC

Healthy Sperm is Declining Everywhere—Except in NYC

But don’t worry—these tips can help you raise your sperm count.

If you’re thinking about starting (or expanding) your family and would like an excuse to go to a taping of the Dr. Oz. Show, come to NYC. It seems that sperm counts everywhere (researchers also looked at Los Angeles, Palo Alto, Houston, Boston and Indianapolis—the Brit publication Daily Mail reports the same holds true in Europe) are plummeting, except in the Big Apple. The reason for decline in the West? Exposure to chemicals and increasingly sedentary lifestyles.

The reason NYC is exempt? As the president-elect—and New York resident—of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), said: “The exceptionalism of New York sperm donors is intriguing, but maybe not so surprising. New Yorkers tend to be physically active [walking culture] and our water system provides some of the cleanest and highest quality water in the US.” He also added that NYC has the best quality pizza (and bagels), which could contribute. In Boston, while total sperm count didn’t decline, there were declines in categories such as average concentration and total motile sperm.

So, men, to keep your swimming-sperm count up to speed (that’s the motile count), get in your 10,000 steps a day (New Yorkers do it regularly), exercise regularly, stay away from pesticides and processed foods, and bring your bride to the Dr. Oz Show. Then stop for a slice of New York pizza and a whole wheat bagel with lox, too. You’ll be glad you did.

Medically reviewed in November 2019.

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