How Sleep Apnea Can Lower Sperm Counts

Here’s an interesting article from 2004 showing how sperm counts in men living in Western industrialized countries are rapidly declining. In 1950, the average sperm count was 100 million sperm pr mL. in 1970, 75 million and in 1990, 50 million. Anything under 20 million is considered infertile. 

We know that untreated obstructive sleep apnea can suppress reproductive hormones. External artificial hormones such as the xenoestrogens that mimic estrogen can also aggravated this problem. I’ve written extensively in the past about fertility issues in women in the past and how undiagnosed  sleep-breathing problems can be a major aggravating factor. No wonder there are so many couples having trouble conceiving. 

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  1. if you have severe sleep apnea (over 50 an hour) and a low sperm count when you start cpap therapy and get down to less than 2 an hour will the sperm count go back up