Dudes, Chill Out: Stress Hurts Your Sperm

You’re not the only ones with anxiety issues, guys.

Stressed-out guys also have stressed-out sperm, which means fewer, slower, and “misshapen” little swimmers, according to a new study by researchers at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health and Rutgers School of Public Health.

The researchers aren’t totally sure why this happens, but they believe that it could have to do with hormones called glucocorticoids, which are released in response to prolonged stress and could be responsible for mucking with testosterone levels and semen quality. Fortunately, there is an antidote! It’s called a chill pill, and maybe it’s time to take it.