Cell phones may hurt sperm quality

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While a cell phone in the front pocket could be really convenient, it may also be destroying your ability to conceive. Men in particular are at risk for this inadvertent condition. Previous research has suggested that radio-frequency electromagnetic radiation (FR-EMR) emitted by cell phones can have a negative impact on male fertility. Most adults own mobile phones. With 14% of couples experiencing infertility, there may be a connection.

Based on the three important attributes of sperm

Dr. Fiona Mathews and team, of Biosciences at the University of Exeter, conducted a review of findings from ten studies with the intent of clarifying the role of cell phones in male infertility. Participants in the study came from fertility clinics and research centers. Sperm quality was measured in the standard three ways: motility, viability and concentration.

Two out of three attributes impacted negatively

The team discovered that the control group showed 50-85% of sperm has normal movement. The proportion fell eight percentage points when there was exposure to cell phones. There was similar degradation for sperm viability. Results were mixed for sperm concentration.

Important for couples having trouble finding the source of their infertility

“Given the enormous scale of mobile phone use around the world, the potential role of this environmental exposure needs to be clarified. This study strongly suggests that being exposed to radio-frequency electromagnetic radiation from carrying mobiles in trouser pockets negatively affects sperm quality. This could be particularly important for men already on the borderline of infertility, and further research is required to determine the full clinical implications for the general population,” explained Dr. Mathews.

Source: ScienceDaily, Environment International


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