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Study says stress and anxiety may be linked to sperm quality

Published on Feb 21, 2013 9:22 AM

NEW YORK (REUTERS) - A man's ability to produce sperm may depend on his ability to handle stress, according to a study from Italy that looked at the impact of short- and longer-term stress.

The researchers, who published their findings in the journal Fertility & Sterility, found that men with higher levels of both short- and long-term stress and anxiety ejaculated less semen and had lower sperm concentration and counts.

Men with the highest anxiety levels were also more likely to have sperm that were deformed or less mobile.

"Taken together, our observations strongly suggest that (stress and anxiety) may represent a significant factor involved in male fertility," wrote the researchers led by Elisa Vellani of the European Hospital in Rome.

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