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Test shows only 20% of men had 'healthy' sperm

By Cai Wenjun (Shanghai Daily)

08:08, October 30, 2012

A SPERM quality evaluation in Guangzhou, capital of the southern Guangdong Province, found only 20 percent of participants had healthy sperm, and most samples failed because of poor sperm vitality.

Doctors said unhealthy lifestyles, work pressures and pollution are factors affecting sperm quality, according to yesterday's Nanfang Daily.

The results were released by a Guangzhou hospital, which evaluated sperm quality by a standard set by the World Health Organization. While 80 percent of participants were not qualified, about 75 percent of those unqualified sperm samples didn't have enough vitality, doctors said on Sunday, National Men's Health Day. Doctors said about 15 percent of domestic couples have fertility problems and men are the reason for 40 percent of infertility.

A survey of the Shanghai Population and Family Planning Commission over the weekend found 49.2 percent of the 1,720 local men interviewed between age 40 and 80 suffer erection dysfunction. That means over 2.3 million middle-aged and elderly Shanghai men have ED, which may be the main reason over 56 percent of local men over 40 told the survey they have no sex life anymore.

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