Eerily similar to the plots of dystopian novels, there is a looming threat ahead of the human race, one that has the potential to cause the extinction of a species that has been around for eons.
According to Shanna Swan, an expert in the field of reproductive health, it is estimated that by the year 2045, a majority of the male population in the world will find themselves being unable to reproduce due to the widespread impact of the consumption of hormone-altering chemicals.
Although the phenomenon continues to remain stagnant without rampant growth, it wouldn’t be long before it threatens the very survival of the human race.
Lack of awareness
There appears to be a general lack of sexual literacy and awareness when it comes to the impending probable reproductive demise.
Without providing adequate concern regarding our consumption, we have also been increasing our exposure levels to chemicals that disrupt endocrines that interfere with hormonal functions found in both males and females, posing a risk to unborn babies whose bodies are still in the vulnerable development stage.
Nicknamed ‘spermageddon’ by the media, the phenomenon is backed by research conducted in Western countries that revealed the decrease in the sperm count of the average man by 59 percent from 1973 to 2011.
Factors such as contraception, obesity, smoking, and biological influences are considered to be the major causes.
The situation at hand doesn’t appear to be in favor of women either, with miscarriage rates increasing by 1 percent each year along with an increase in the number of girls entering early puberty.
In the case that these trajectories continue to occur, artificial reproductive methods may be the only way to conceive our future generations.
Paving the path towards extinction
Despite the advent of technology and boom in the medical industry, there exists no clear-cut solution to curb this ‘hurdle’.
However, Swan suggests a couple of minor lifestyle changes that could be inculcated to minimize the damage caused to our bodies such as eradicating the usage of processed food, consuming products that are phthalate-free in nature, and reducing our dependency on plastic storage containers.
Luckily, not all hope is lost as there still is a glimpse of optimism derived out of the study conducted on mice.
Researched during the year 2017, it concluded that a rodent that had been previously exposed to estrogenic chemicals but protected from any further contact post the study was able to restore its sperm count within three generations.