Wi-Fi affects sperm motility

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Men who work on a laptop already threaten their sperm production through the increased temperatures the laptop creates. Now we find out that it could also be the Wi-Fi signal causing sperm to lose its vitality.

Researchers from Nascentis Medicina Reproductiva, Argentia and the Easter Virginia Medical School report in Fertility and Sterility that men who place a laptop on their upper thighs while working with Wi-Fi might have a greater risk of reduced sperm motility and more sperm DNA fragmentation which could hinder their chances of paternity.

The study was done in a lab by putting sperm near Wi-Fi emissions. Semen samples were placed under a laptop for four hours and analyzed. Men were not tested directly.

Previous studies have shown that a laptop on a man’s lap could potentially affect fertility by causing scrotal hyperthermia or elevated testicle temperature. The rise in temperature will affect the quality of his sperm. In this study, the authors were interested in the effect of the Wi-Fi signal. Would the damage be any different if a man were working on his laptop, but not with an internet connection?

There is in fact a double whammy effect when the Wi-Fi is in use. There was a decrease in 25% sperm motility as well as 9% sperm DNA fragmentation which mean irreversible changes in the genetic code. The scientists believe that the effects could be caused by the electromagnetic radiation emitted by Wi-Fi.

Dr. Conrado Avendano stated that, “Our data suggest that the use of a laptop computer wirelessly connected to the internet and positioned near the male reproductive organs may decrease human sperm quality.” However, until a long term study is conducted with live test subjects, the findings are interesting but not substantive.

Source: Fertility and Sterility, MedicalNewsToday


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