Here at HIS, we’ve been talking a lot about how hair loss drugs affect your sex life in every which way possible – model Giorgos Tsetis was left in sexual purgatory for six years after excessive dosages of Propecia. However, it’s now been revealed that the quicker you lose your hair, the lower your sperm count will be.
According to a research report recently published in medical journal Dermatologica Sinica, sperm counts were significantly lower in those suffering with severe androgenetic alopecia – the most common form of hair loss, also known as male pattern baldness.
Infertility: The Facts
The research which was led by Dr Emre Sinan Gungor of Suleymaniye Research Hospital looked to connect the not-so-invisible dots between androgenetic alopecia and the quality of semen. Infertility is unfortunately reported in 10-15% of couples attempting to conceive during their own reproductive lifespans. One of the main factors found in 40-60% of these couples was that the male was the one infertile.
Previous research has found that androgenetic alopecia – which affects over 70% of the world’s male population (2434480746) – causes decreased levels of sex hormone-binding globulin. The basis of Dr Emre Sinan Gungor’s research was built upon the assumption that if androgenetic alopecia is associated with changes in one’s hormone profile, it may also relate to the quality of one’s semen.
The research was carried out by the collection of semen samples from 203 all-male young adults who were split into two categories – normal to mild androgenetic alopecia and moderate to severe androgenetic alopecia. The samples were then cross-examined between the two groups. All of the samples were collected from males whom visited infertility clinics.
The Not-So-Invisible Line between Hair Loss and Infertility
The initial research found that there was no statistically significant difference between the two groups in relation to ages and BMI scores, as well as cigarette smoking and varicocele history – an enlargement of veins within the scrotum.
The research specifically revealed that the volume, density, motility, and morphology of the sperm samples from the moderate to severe group had significantly lower statistics compared to the samples taken from the normal to mild group.
The results confirmed Dr Emre Sinan Gungor’s assumptions by revealing that young adult men suffering from moderate to severe androgenetic alopecia had poor semen quality compared to those with normal to mild androgenetic alopecia.
The Weight Factor
Furthermore, Dr Emre Sinan Gungor’s research built upon and continued other research conducted by Ignacio Rosety of the University of Cadiz that reveals that there is a significant link between the low quality of sperm and sufferers of metabolic syndrome – a combination of diabetes, high blood pressure, and obesity which can cause considerable damage to your blood vessels and often leads to heart disease.
Rosety’s research found that sperm concentration and the percentage of sperms with normal motility and morphology were significantly lower in adults suffering from metabolic syndrome when compared with their healthier counterparts.
Dr Emre Sinan Gungor’s research not only connects the dots between hair loss and infertility, but also qualifies that metabolic syndrome and weight plays an unfortunate role in sperm characteristics.
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