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Rachel Gurevich

Could Your TV Habit Be Bad for Your Fertility?

By February 17, 2013

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How much television do you watch? If you're tuning in for more than 20 hours a week, your sperm count may be suffering according to a new study from the Harvard School of Public Health. If you're thinking, "There's no way I watch more than 20 hours," you might want to sit down and actually tally up your TV hours.

Or perhaps you shouldn't sit down and tally up the hours but stand or walk, since it's not really the television causing the low sperm counts but the inactivity. If you watch over 20 hours a week but six of those hours are while you're jogging on a treadmill, your statistics may be quite different. This same study also found that men who got in 15 or more hours per week of vigorous exercise had higher sperm count. (Just a guess, but I imagine that there were few to none who both got in 15 hours at the gym and 20 or more hours in front of the tube.)

What is most interesting in this study is that 15 or more hours of vigorous exercise not only didn't harm sperm health but even seemed to give it a boost. Studies in women have found that more than seven hours of exercise per week can harm fertility.

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