Human fertility is plummeting. Sperm count and penis sizes are decreasing. Now there’s a headline destined to attract attention.
The end of humankind? It may be coming sooner than we think, thanks to hormone-disrupting chemicals that are decimating fertility at an alarming rate around the globe.
A new book called Countdown, by Shanna Swan, an environmental and reproductive epidemiologist at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York, finds that sperm counts have dropped almost 60% since 1973. Swan’s research suggests they could reach zero by 2045.
Zero. Think about it. That would mean no babies. No reproduction. No more humans.
Why isn’t the UN calling an emergency meeting on this right now?
The chemicals to blame for this crisis are found in everything from plastic containers and food wrapping, to waterproof clothes and fragrances They are found in cleaning products, soaps, shampoos, electronics and carpeting. Some of them, called PFAS, are known as “forever chemicals”, because they don’t breakdown in the environment, or in the human body. They just accumulate and accumulate – doing more and more damage, minute by minute, hour by hour, day by day. It seems, according to Swan, that humanity is reaching a breaking point.
Swan’s book is staggering in its findings. “In some parts of the world, the average twenty-something woman today is less fertile than her grandmother was at 35,” Swan writes. In addition, Swan finds that, on average, a man today will have half of the sperm his grandfather had. “The current state of reproductive capabilities can’t continue much longer without threatening human survival,” writes Swan. She adds: “It’s a global existential crisis.” That’s not hyperbole. That’s just science.
As if this wasn’t terrifying enough, Swan’s research finds that these chemicals aren’t just dramatically reducing semen quality, they are also shrinking penis size and volume of the testes. That is nothing short of a full-scale emergency for humanity.
Swan’s research echoes previous research, which has found that PFAS harms sperm production, disrupts the male hormone, and is correlated with a “reduction of semen quality, testicular volume and penile length”. If that statement doesn’t get someone’s attention, nothing will.
These chemicals are killing us, literally, by harming and attacking the very source of life, our reproductive capabilities. The rapid decline of sperm and female fertility, not to mention the reduction in the size of our penises, must be addressed, and it must be addressed now.
There simply is no time to lose if the human race is to survive another hundred years. Human fertility is plummeting.