The plot of P.D.James’s dystopian novel The Children Of Men revolves around a provocative thought experiment: what would happen if humans stopped being able to reproduce? In the story, set in 2021, no child has been born in the past 25 years and Homo sapiens is heading for extinction. With no future to plan for, society is spiralling into the ultimate fin-de-siècle decadence.
By the time 2021 comes around for real, life may be starting to imitate art. In July, Israeli scientists reported that sperm counts in developed countries have declined by more than half in the past 40 years and continue to fall by about 1.6 per cent a year. “Shocking” and “a wake-up call” were two of the responses from other scientists.
For many women, the news that men are suddenly in the spotlight will feel like a welcome role reversal. Difficulty conceiving has long been treated as a “women thing” by society and medicine alike….
If the male fertility crisis has a silver lining, it is an opportunity to discuss and redress these long-standing gender inequalities.
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