TV watching linked to low sperm counts

Couch potatoes’ reproductive health may suffer

By Nathan Seppa, 17:23 PM February 4, 2013

Men who watch a lot of television have lower sperm counts than those who don’t watch any, researchers report February 4 in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. Sperm count is an informal term that refers to the concentration of sperm in a given volume of semen.

Researchers gave questionnaires to 189 healthy young men and analyzed their semen. Respondents who watched more than 20 hours of TV per week had 44 percent lower sperm counts than those who didn’t watch any. The team, led by Audr...

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