Infertility linked to possible air pollution

Your infertility problem might the air pollution you breathe!

The World Health Organization considers bad air the world’s largest single environmental health risk, and scientists are still working to pin down the full scope of the damage it can do.

The story doesn’t just focus on women and the female reproductive system—sperm are probably affected by poor air quality, as well. Every 5 microgram per cubic meter of fine particulate matter was associated with a drop off in normal sperm shape and size for men in one study in Taiwan, for example, and for men in Salt Lake City, exposure to air pollution reduced sperm’s ability to move properly. Air pollution exposure also increases sperm DNA fragmentation, which can lead to infertility and miscarriage.

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