11 Surprising Sperm Killers

From food packaging to the food itself, men are inundated with sperm-slaying chemicals.

Sperm killers are everywhere. They saturate you in the shower, seep into your skin in the checkout line, and even ooze into the convenience food you grab on the run. No matter the point of entry, many everyday chemicals are zapping their sperm counts and even silently scrambling DNA sperm data for men all over the world. Some cause sperm mobility problems, leaving your swimmers not swimming so well. And since the last time we wrote about this, a few more sperm busters have crossed our radar screen.

You might already know that narrow bikes seats have been linked to erectile dysfunction, and maybe you've heard about the study connecting antidepressants to sperm DNA damage. But other everyday habits are acting as sperm slayers, too. Once you understand the scope of harmful products on the market, it's easy to see why fertility clinics are packed with customers, both male and female. Though we've found eight more culprits to add to our list, the good news is these everyday toxins are easier to sidestep than you may think.

Cash-register receipts

Canned food

Sex toys

Your toxic shower

Chemical-laced produce

Heated car seats

Contaminated fish

Nonstick chemicals

Cosmetics and food preservatives

"Safer" flame retardants

Natural gas drilling

Published on: January 5, 2011
Updated on: March 6, 2014

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So glad we've already gotten rid of most of these in our lives, although the heated car seats will stick around. No worries though, we're not wanting to have kids and we've already take permanent measures.


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