TV and Male Fertility

Does watching TV have an impact on Male Fertility? If so, how much TV? Read below to learn more.

People like to watch TV, and on average, spend a good amount of time in front of the TV during waking hours. According to the Nielsen Total Audience Report (2020), American adults spend just shy of four hours a day watching television—roughly equivalent to how long they spend on their smartphones.

There now seems to be a television show on every topic, with new exciting TV shows coming out on a weekly basis. In addition, there are libraries of older television shows which individuals can access at any time. In short, it’s not hard for individuals to find something to watch on television and spend hours watching TV.

So, what does watching TV have to do with male fertility?

A study by the Harvard School of Public Health found that “men who watched more than 20 hours of TV weekly had a 44% lower sperm count than those who watched almost no TV. Men who exercised for 15 or more hours weekly at a moderate to vigorous rate had a 73% higher sperm count than those who exercised less than 5 hours per week.”

It should be clarified that the study didn’t show that it’s the TV that’s harming people’s sperm count. It just showed that people who are more active are more likely to have a higher sperm count.

If the national average television time is 4 hours a day, that means that individuals on average are watching around 30 hours per week. The study concluded that “in a population of healthy men, higher moderate-to-vigorous activity and less TV time were significantly associated with higher total sperm count and sperm concentration.”

It’s important to know that even though lower sperm count has been linked to lower fertility, it does not necessarily mean that it will keep one from conceiving a child.

In the event that you are looking to increase sperm count and sperm concentration, it may help to swap out some TV time for physical activity. Lifestyle factors may impact sperm, so it’s important to keep that in mind.