A new study shows that men's infertility rates are increasing at an alarming rate, further paving the way for a Handmaid's Tale future.
And even Margaret Atwood, the author of the dystopian novel, is expressing concern:
According to the Daily Mail, researches looked at semen samples from men undergoing infertility treatment in two major fertility centers in the U.S. and Spain between 2002-2017 and found that the number of men in the cohort increased seven-fold from 8,000 to 60,000.
The study also revealed the following:
- An increasing number of men had a total motile sperm count so low they may require IVF in order to conceive
- The number of men with a normal sperm count dropped
- Lead researcher Dr. Ashley Tiegs said the drop in sperm quality may be caused by unhealthy lifestyles and exposure to plastics
In the midst of the #MeToo movement, many Twitter users don't view men's plummeting sperm count as "bad news":
Some just saw it as Mother Nature in action:
Though some commenters seemed genuinely disturbed by the findings:
Foreboding words from Noele:
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