Are Household Plastics Making You Less of a Man?

From 1950 to 1990 sperm counts were cut in half. [Source]
From 1990 to 2005 already depleted sperm counts decreased by another 32%. [Source]
True story:
sperm counts over the last 10 years

Let that sink in for a second.

Seriously, I am writing this in 2014 and we may very well have 75% less sperm than our grandfathers did in the 1940’s.

That is a ridiculously alarming statistic.

There’s two things that come to mind about this.

1) Why is this happening?

2) What can you do to protect yourself, and your children?

I intend to provide enough detailed research and external resources for you to answer both of these question to the best of your ability and not become another infertile statistic.

Question #1: Why is This Happening?!

The most alarming thing about the decrease in our sperm counts is the ridiculously short amount of time it took to happen.

In just about 70 years, sperm counts have plummeted to dangerously low levels, leading many experts predicting the extinction of the male race. (For serious)

What could of caused this plummet in our sperm counts? What started happening around 1940?

The chemical revolution

Since the 1940’s the chemical industry has developed over 90,000 man made compounds and the vast majority of them have never been tested for effects on human beings.

household chemicals
Let me just jump in here and say that I am not writing this to scare you.
Yes, this is scary.
And no, I am not a government hating conspiracy theorist.
But I am here to bring you the facts, regardless of how much they will stir up your cozy world, and allow you the chance to take measures to protect yourself. If you want.

These chemical wreak havoc on male endocrine systems. Lowering testosterone, shrinking genitalia, causing birth defects in young males, even turning young fetus males into females. And all of this is documented and proven.

These chemicals are found in almost every consumer product.

Which ones are the most dangerous?

BPA & Phthalates.

And these chemicals are, for some reason, more dangerous to males.

For example, sperm counts in college aged men have fallen dramatically since the chemical age came around. A typical college guy now produces about half the amount of sperm that his father did, and about 85% of that sperm is abnormal.

What goes through my mind is if these men have half the sperm their father had, will their children have half the sperm they had, and so on, and so forth.

Doesn’t this seem like a fast track to complete male infertility.

It’s so easy to think that’s crazy talk, but this has all happened in under 100 years. What is it going to be like in 500 years?

Why don’t you hear more about this?

One trick that has helped the number of infertile men not seem so scary is that of lowering the standard of what it means to be infertile over the years.

The world health organizations standards for classifying men as infertile have moved down over the years. At first, a man with a sperm count under 60 million/mL was considered infertile. Then it dropped to 40 million/mL, then 20. It is now at 15 million/mL. If you are over that mark, over 60% lower than original standards, you are still considered “normal.” [Source]

sperm counts over the years

So I guess it doesn’t seem so bad. That the trend of infertile men is not that serious because as it grows, the bar lowers.

This isn’t fixing anything. Lowering standards isn’t fixing our balls.

Proof? Studies on Chemical Effects on Sperm and Infertility

There are numerous studies on real life effects of these chemicals.

You saw the two at the top of the page.

And the following two are taken from a documentary called The Disappearing Male. They prove that exposure to these chemicals are literally destroying men. Watch the documentary too, it is very educational. (It’s also at the bottom of the page)

1) A Study of Sexual Development of Alligators in Polluted Lakes

The first study from the documentary was of alligators in lake Apopka Florida that were heavily polluted by certain chemicals such as Pesticides, fertilizers and DDT. It was found that the male sex organs of the alligators in these lakes are 1/3 of normal size and the reproduction rate in these lakes is 90% below average.

We are not alligators, but we are also not far away from them when it comes a reproductive system.

These pesticides, and other chemicals, do alter the development of the testes, male sex organs & testosterone levels.

Additional Source

B) The Town of Sarnia, Ontario

In the town of Sarnia, there is a reservation that is surrounded by one of the most notorious petro chemical facilities. (Who would live there? Beats me.)

Each year the plant releases over 130,000 tons of toxic chemicals in the air.

The effect?

The town has become known for having one of the sharpest declines in male births ever recorded.

In Sarnia, fewer than half the number of boys are born than girls. [Source]

They are not alone, there are over 20 heavily industrialized nations where male births have mysteriously declined, resulting in over 3,000,000 fewer baby boys.

This to me is proof that these chemicals 100% are effecting our male endocrine system, to the point of rendering them non existent.

Your Unborn Children Are at High Risk

If your not motivated enough to protect yourself, understand that these chemicals have more of an effect on your unborn children than they do yourself.

The first generation of children exposed to these chemicals was born in the 1950’s.

Since then, it has been understood that the womb provides no protection from harmful chemicals of this nature.

Any of these chemicals that the mother is exposed to all effect the extremely sensitive fetus.

This has resulted in:

– A 200% increase in male genital birth defects.

Undescended testicles are one of the major problems being faced and can result in a 7X more likelihood in developing testicular cancer.

– Smaller sex organs

Like the alligators mentioned above, smaller sex organ size is being reported as a result of these chemicals.

– A decline in the total birth of boys

You read about Sarnia. Miss-carriages of males and more females being formed is a direct result of over chemical stimulation in the womb.

You’re building a human being in there.

You know what it’s like trying to build an iKea table when they put the wrong screws in the box, imagine what it’s like trying to build a complex being with harmful chemical’s disrupting into the process. It’s a frightening thought.

Question #2: What Can You Do About it?

These chemicals are literally everywhere.
Avoiding them 100% is not feasible unless you get the hell out of the U.S.A and pitch a tent in Antarctica or somewhere. (Assuming that tent is not made of plastic.)
But you can take baby steps that can help protect you and your future family. Here they are.

1) Avoid BPA

BPA is also known as “synthetic estrogen.” Do you want this in your body? Didn’t think so.

Luckily, there have already been revolutions in this field over the past 20 years. But not nearly enough.

BPA has been taken out of baby bottles & sippy cups. Some water bottle and food packaging have also removed them, but not all. This is almost an admittance of guilt. But it is just too large of an industry to expect that everything be revamped. That’s like expecting pharmaceutical companies to stop pushing statins when it is now proven cholesterol has no correlation with heart disease or death.

The FDA still claims that there is:

[quote]No risk at the low level of exposure of BPA.[/quote]

You can believe that. Or you can look at the trends that are factually proven and say fuck you FDA. Knowledge is power.

But realistically, what can you do besides moving to Alaska and living off the land?

a) Use BPA-free products

Just like the gluten craze has brought a lot of new gluten free foods, the understanding that chemicals effect us so negatively has finally sparked companies to create BPA-free products. Look for products labeled as BPA-free. If it’s not labeled, keep in mind that some, but not all, plastics marked with recycle codes 3 or 7 may be made with BPA.

b) Cut back on cans

Most cans are lined with BPA-containing resin, something that I did not know until I did the research to create this article. I eat about 5 cans of black beans a week and I’m pretty upset about it.

c) Avoid heating up plastics

The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences advises against microwaving polycarbonate sheet plastics or putting them in the dishwasher. Doing so may cause the BPA from plastics to leach into your food.

d) Just don’t do plastics and food

I would say get BPA-free plastics, but new studies show that these may be just as harmful to human health. [Source]

e) Use plastic alternatives 

Use glass, porcelain or stainless steel containers for foods and liquids instead of plastic containers. Use a water filter & stainless steel water bottles instead of plastic bottles.

More info on BPA

2) Avoid Phthalates

Phthalates have been shown to have a direct negative effect on the formation of males. And all babies in that fact. This study shows that Phthalates have now been found to have a direct link to childhood autism. [Source]

Phthalates are in almost everything that surrounds us. Avoiding them is not easy. These are the things that make toys cuddly and soft, they make your hair and skin feel good, and they even stop you from smelling like body odor.

They are in cosmetics, health care products, deodorants, conditions, lotions and a lot more.

Yes, some have been removed from most products, but this study shows that while old phthalate levels in our bodies have dropped off by 42%, new phthalates that replaced them have risen in our bodies by 150% and more. [Source]

So what can you do?

a) Steer clear of certain products completely (not very attainable) 

Manufacturers do not have to list phthalates on their products.

If you want to stay clear of Phthalates all together then you will have to avoid lotions, colognes, laundry detergents, air fresheners, and other synthetic fragrances. Good luck with that. One thing you can do is stay clear of plastic food and storage containers. Use glass instead.
EWG’s Skindeep Database: A full list of products that contain Phthalates
GimmieTheGoodStuff: A Resource For Phthalate and BPA-Free Products

b) Buy organics products

Companies like Brickell Men’s Products are killing it in the industry of creating badass, great smelling products without the harmful chemicals. No Phthalates or other dangerous things I can’t pronounce. They make shaving cream, after shave, body lotion, soap, shampoo’s and more. And they look and smell better than most artificial men’s products.

Fruits and veggies and non organic fruits all contain pesticides. You remember what happened to the alligators when they had an over exposure to chemicals. Tiny wieners. Don’t do that to your child.

c) Buy organic food

Phthalates are used in pesticides that are a big part of non organic agriculture. Hop on the organic train! It’s a good ride.

d) Stop putting phthalates on your skin

When you put lotions and creams that contain Phthalates on your skin, your body soaks them up real good. This is the easiest transport for Phthalates to get into your body.

e) Choose an Eco-Healthy childcare & care facility

Phthalate filled PVC piping used to be, and somewhat still is, prevalent in healthcare. IV’s and all sorts of things are made out of this product and are actually going inside of us and our children if needed. There are places that do not use this anymore. If you have to, look into it.

f) Choose PVC-free piping

PVC is a popular piping material, but it is not necessary. Imagine your drinking water constantly running through Phthalate filled pipes. No bueno. There are a lot of alternatives, and to learn more visit the Clean water Pipe Council.

g) Get a water filter

The best way to make sure you’re not drinking these chemicals is to get a water filter.

If you have the cash you can buy a nano-filtration system. If you don’t you can buy the one I own. (BPA Free)

h) Avoid plastics with recycling code 3 or 7

Again, Look at the recycling code on products when you purchase plastic products. Plastics marked with the #3 or #7 symbol contain PVC and may contain BPA.

More Resources on Avoiding Phthalates

A guide to Reading Labels to Avoid Phthalates

GimmieTheGoodStuff: A Resource For Phthalate and BPA-Free Products

In Conclusion

Look around you right now.

You’re surrounded by chemicals.

There is no avoiding them, and do I think that this is going to change anytime in the future. In America, no.

But all you can do is be educated and control what you can. And now I hope you are. You can protect your children, and ensure you can have them in the first place, by taking small steps towards living a healthier chemical free life.

Your manhood depends on it. Literally.

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If you dig this article, subscribe in the option form in the sidebar. We will be releasing a lot more articles on sperm and infertility shortly, like 50 ways to boost your sperm count. This is only the beginning! Cheers.

Additional Resources:

Are Men an Endangered Species?

Nano-Filtration Water Filter

Zero Water Filter

How to Avoid Phthalates (Even Though You Can’t Avoid Phthalates)

GimmieTheGoodStuff: A Resource For Phthalate and BPA-Free Products

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Sean Russell

Sean Russell

Sean is a true entrepreneur. After turning his life around after struggling with anxiety and chronic fatigue syndrome he now dedicates his life to being his best self and helping others do the same. Learn more about him and his projects at

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