Belgian sperm mobility improves

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22 February 2007, BRUSSELS — Sperm mobility in Belgian men has improved by almost 70 percent since 1992, following a threatening drop in the years before, De Standaard writes.

22 February 2007

BRUSSELS — Sperm mobility in Belgian men has improved by almost 70 percent since 1992, following a threatening drop in the years before, De Standaard writes.

In the opinion of Professor Frank Comhaire of the University of Ghent, the increase in sperm mobility is directly connected with the fall in dioxin pollution rates on the Flemish streets.

In his article in the latest issue of medical journal Reproductive Toxicology,  Comhaire reports on the results of a research project that linked sperm mobility, birth rates and the presence of heavy metals, pesticides, dioxins and other chemical pollutants in the Flemish environment.

”We have observed a clear connection with dioxin, and not with other pollutants. The quick fall in the dioxin pollution rates in our environment is the only explanation for the rapid increase in sperm mobility in the male population”, the article said.

Dioxin was also responsible for the dangerous decrease in sperm mobility observed two decades ago. So the problem can be reversed, Comhaire said.

[Copyright Expatica News 2007]

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