Posted by: bescothealthcare | December 20, 2012

More brothers could mean faster sperm and better fertility

Sheffield UMen with more brothers than sisters may have faster swimming sperm and are more likely to have increased fertility according to new research carried out by experts from the University of Sheffield.

Scientists from the University of Sheffield in collaboration with researchers at Brown University in America found a correlation between the swimming speed of a man’s sperm and the number of brothers he has.

The findings, reported online in the Asian Journal of Andrology, support previous theory that parents with genes for good male fertility are more likely to have boys.

Dr Allan Pacey, Senior Lecturer in Andrology at the University of Sheffield, said: “The results are very surprising and could provide genetic insights into why some men are more fertile than others but at the moment have no clinical relevance to how we might manage and treat male infertility. It does, however, give food for thought about the importance of genetics for sperm motility and may open the way to more studies in this area.”

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