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How do chemicals in our environment affect reproductive health?

A few years ago, we reached the 20th anniversary of a landmark paper that reported a 50% decline in sperm concentration in western countries. This study generated enormous interest and controversy resulting in the publication of many studies that have demonstrated large and significant geographic differences in semen quality and other reproductive outcomes. Establishing links between these differences and chemicals in the environment is challenging, but a growing body of evidence has found links between a range of male reproductive endpoints and environmental chemicals including some pesticides, phthalates and other endocrine disrupting chemicals. This is a research area of growing importance and concern.

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