Sperm cells recovering as dioxin levels fall

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3 May 2006, BRUSSELS — The agility of sperm cells in Flemish men is recovering after dropping to worrying lows more than decade ago, a new study has found.

3 May 2006

BRUSSELS — The agility of sperm cells in Flemish men is recovering after dropping to worrying lows more than decade ago, a new study has found.

In 1995, just 28 percent of sperm cells in Flemish men were of sufficient quality to fertilise a woman's egg cell.

But that figure has since increased to 46 percent, newspaper 'Het Gazet van Antwerpen' reported on Wednesday.

"Since 1995, we are seeing year after year a recovery in terms of agility. But not yet in terms of form; 7 percent of the cells are normal," Ghent University Hospital andrologist Frank Comhaire said.

The professor based the figures on a long-term study of 600 men since 1978.

The favourable evolution in sperm agility has occurred in combination with a fall in the amount of dioxins in the Flemish environment.

Comhaire therefore moved to downplay an alarming report about male fertility from environment lobby group Greenpeace.

That report had said the average number of sperm cells has declined by 50 percent in the past 50 years and male infertility has doubled since 1960.

[Copyright Expatica News 2006]

Subject: Belgian news

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