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There may be something weird going on with Western men's sperm

The little swimmers that weren't.

Sperm approaching an egg.

In Gilaed, the fictional nation at the heart of Margaret Atwood’s "The Handmaid's Tale," children are scarce. A loss of fertility brought about by some nebulous mix of environmental pollutants is to blame. In Gilaed, women are the focus of the infertility. But it's the same in the real world. According to Hagai Levine, an epidemiologist at the Braun School of Public Health and Community Medicine at Hadassah-Hebrew University in Israel, that's a problem.

To make a long story short, people need to pay more attention to sperm.

“Because male and count are very susceptible to the that looks at how sperm counts in men have changed over time.

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