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Pregnancy : City Life May Decrease Male Fertility

City living causes young Italian adults' sperm count decrease, according to a new study by Italian Society of Andrology and Sexuality Medicine (SIAMS).

By pooling the results of three studies, the Rome-based organisation concluded that more than 33 percent of men between 18 and 20 years old suffer from a sever loss of sperm to such urban factors as pollution and smoking.

The study was financed by the Italian Health Ministry.

City life also promotes a sedentary lifestyle and obesity, also negatively impacts sperm count, according to SIAMS.

"It's worth reminding youth because they are completely ignorant about the risk to fertility," SIAMS said.

2011 Adnkronos International (Rome)

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