Institut Marquès launch the first National Study of sperm in Ireland

Under this slogan starts the first study on male fertility in Ireland, promoted by Institut Marquès. The international centre for assisted reproduction is a pioneer in demonstrating to the scientific community that the causes classically attributed to the worsening of sperm quality (such as stress, tight pants, alcohol, etc.) are a myth. As the studies in Spain stated, the reality of the problem comes from toxic chemicals.

All Irish males over 18 years can get to know the quality of their semen via a confidential and free of charge sperm analysis. In order to enrol, you should access the website here, fill out the online form and reserve a date and time to deliver the sperm sample at the facilities of Institut Marquès in Dublin and Clane. Once the sample is analysed, a specialist will provide you with a complete report, either in-person or by Skype or telephone.

Toxics, main cause of bad sperm quality

The study is accompanied by an informative campaign that will help to clarify concepts and eradicate clichés.
In addition to genetic factors and medical history, male fertility depends on environmental factors often unknown by the population. These environmental factors are chemicals commonly used in industry, agriculture and at home, that can interfere in the development of the testicles, and it is proven that they harm the reproductive capacity.

The first contact with toxic chemicals starts at the beginning of life, since these travel from the maternal blood to the embryo through the placenta. The type of toxic substances and the amount will therefore depend on the levels that the mother has. The so-called endocrine disruptors are a long list of compounds that behave like oestrogen: that is, they behave as a female hormone without being one. The action of testosterone, the male hormone, is very important during the development of the foetal testicles, during the second and third month of pregnancy. However, these fake oestrogens compete with testosterone and do not let it properly exercise its function. Less sperm producing cells are built and, in the most severe cases, they produce (genetic) chromosome alterations in the testicles. These substances are very resistant to biodegradation. They are present in our food and in the environment; they accumulate in the human body, especially in the fat, and humans and animals are not designed to get rid of them.

Environmental pollution by toxics is causing a worsening of the sperm quality. This is happening both in industrialised as well as in rural areas that are in contact with pesticides, therefore there are large geographical variations. Previous studies on male fertility carried out by Institut Marquès in Spain confirmed a lower sperm quality in those areas where the presence of these types of chemical substances was higher.
In addition, the trial poses a good opportunity so that Irish men can have the quality of their semen tested in a voluntary, free and anonymous way and thus be able to prevent future problems. Substantial evidence relates semen quality with certain diseases; hence semen quality can be considered a general health biomarker.

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