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Low sperm count linked to mums’ stress early in pregnancy – though it may not be the cause – South China Morning Post

Low sperm count linked to mums’ stress early in pregnancy – though it may not be the cause  South China Morning Post

Men whose mothers suffered stressful events such as divorce or job loss in early pregnancy are more likely to have fewer and less active sperm, a new study suggests. Among Australian 20-year-olds born of women who experienced at least three such events during the first 18 weeks of fetal growth, sperm count was a third lower and sperm motility down by 12 per cent compared to other men their age, they reported in the journal Human Reproduction. Their testosterone levels were also lower, by about 10 per cent. “Maternal exposure to stressful life events during early pregnancy, a vulnerable peri…

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