Fine particles are also a risk for fertility

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Fine particles are also a risk for fertility
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The data released on pollution in Milan “are alarming, because fine particles represent one of the main causes of both male and female infertility, in a country like Italy characterized among other things by a strong birth rate”. This was stated by Ermanno Greco, President of the Italian Society of Reproduction (SIdR), commenting on the data released by IQAir which indicates the city is among the most polluted in the world, with a concentration of PM2.5 of 29.7 times the annual guide value set by 'WHO and very poor air quality throughout the Po Valley. “The fight against pollution is fundamental if we want to guarantee new growth prospects and a healthy and prosperous life to the next generations – continues Greco – it is essential to follow careful prevention, considering that pollution also causes other dysfunctions, with damage to the cardiovascular, respiratory and andrological system pathologies”.
As regards fertility, “there is no longer any prevention for men and often tests on female ovarian reserve are not routine, but are carried out only when the couple has problems – he specifies -. Medically assisted procreation (PMA) techniques – observes Greco in this regard – today they are very effective, especially if associated with pre-implantation genetic diagnosis. Currently, in Italy in vitro fertilization contributes to approximately 3% of births, i.e. approximately 11 thousand births, while in the world more than 5 have been born millions of children. Pma have gone from 90 thousand to 110 thousand, as emerges from the Report to Parliament on PMA 2023 on the implementation of Law 40 of 2004. Improving the quality of the environment in which we live, therefore, is an important first step to protect our health”, concludes Greco.

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