WATCH | The truth about 'rising' male infertility

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Among all the other events of the last few years, you may have missed this one: Spermageddon.

This is the fun name for the idea that sperm counts among mainly 'Western' men are in freefall. 

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The Spermageddon hype began with the publication of a 2017 study showing a nearly 60% drop in overall sperm counts in men living in North America, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand.

But years later, it seems that Spermageddon has been overblown. And all that hype has obscured the real issue behind declining male fertility: total motile sperm count. 

Watch the video above for more. 

Links to studies mentioned at the 6:59 mark in the video: 

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