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Pesticides and male infertility

8 March 2016
Pesticides and male infertility

Men, who in their teens have been poisoned by pesticides, appears to be at risk. Their sperm count is low and infertility rates are high.

1950 - 1970 in Europe and America were actively used special pesticides DDT and PCBs in agriculture for insect control.

After they were banned, because of its harmful influence on the people and animals. Dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane (DDT) and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs ) caused cancer,brain disoders and endocrine disruptions.

Despite the prohibition in many developed countries, these pesticides continue to be used in third world countries. It should be said, that they are very long lasting and don‘t disappear immediately: they are in the soil, the air, the trees, and pesist for many years. Even after many decades, there are cases, when people were exposed to organochlorinepesticides.

To prove the negative impact of these pesticides on men's health, a team of scientists had to take blood and sperm from 90 men between 22 and 45 years, residing in countries, where previously extensively used DDT and PCBs pesticides to control pests.

Sperm and blood tests were taken from the 33 men of this group also in their 14 years, what made it possible to compare analysis and measure the impact of pesticides in adolescence and in the mature.

To determine and identify problematic factors, the researchers used sperm analysis imaging system to evaluate characteristics of a male's sperm and reproductive health.

From the final analysis, researchers found out, that the men with a high content of pesticides DDT and PCBs in the blood have a high rate of infertility, in comparison with the figures of the men, whose analysis didnt’t show any pesticides at all or its low rate.

This study and many other similar scientific researches should motivate the politicians to support more stringent regulatory standards for using of chemicals in agriculture.

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