There’s also the question of what is causing the decline in sperm counts. If we take seriously the idea that environmental pollutants are hostile to sperm production, we would expect to see the starkest declines among men living in the most polluted environments. It is well established that the global poor – ie those predominantly (but not exclusively) living in the “other” countries – bear the greatest burdens of environmental pollution. Yet the authors and the media have instead jumped to frame the crisis as one facing “western” men; what is ignored is the fact that the study’s data was insufficient to draw any conclusions for men in the “other” category.
Depends which pollutant.
That’s just simple logic.
Here it’s important too. What’s the most likely pollutant that would affect sperm levels? Endocrine disruptors. What’s the biggest source? Women pissing the remains of the pill into the then reprocessed water supply. Where’s this load likely to be highest? In the rich western countries.
Not saying that’s definitively right – just that the logic being used above ain’t right either.