Scientists thinks that mobile phones may have a significant impact on a man’s fertility. Men who are looking to being a father lowers their chances by keeping a phone which emits radiation in their trouser pocket.
At the University of Exeter, scientists found that electromagnetic radiation lowered the viability and movement of sperm by 8 per cent. Most of the global adult population now own mobiles, and around 14 per cent of couples in wealthy countries have difficulty conceiving.
A team led by Dr Fiona Mathews, of the University of Exeter, conducted a review of the findings from 10 studies, involving 1,492 men. Dr Mathews said the findings suggest that mobile radiation has an impact on fertility – but said much more research is needed to draw any firm conclusions.
She said: “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.” She continued, ‘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.’
Fertility experts are warning man that using a mobile for as little as an hour a day is “cooking sperm” and lowering level significantly. The new study shows that having a mobile phone close to the testicles – or within a foot or two of the body – can lower sperm levels so much that conceiving could be difficult. The findings have led to a leading British fertility expert to advise men to stop being addicted to mobile phones.
The three different ways sperm quality can be affected are: Motility: it’s movement towards an egg, Viability: quantity of healthy sperm, and Concentration of sperm cells in semen. Initially, most men have 50 to 85 per cent of sperm with normal movement. With exposure to mobile phones, researchers found this proportion fell by an average of 8 per cent.
Writers warned that mobile gadgets, radiation from internet wifi, and other technologies may be responsible for lower fertility rates worldwide. Cumulative radiation from modern technology may be having a cumulative impact on sperm. “For example, recent evidence found on wifi from laptops also negatively affected sperm quality. A better understanding of the collective influence of environmental factors on sperm quality and subsequent fertility, will help improve treatment, advice and support for individuals seeking fertility treatment.”
“Women generally don’t carry their mobiles on them so maybe a mobile phone won’t affect their fertility. That’s not something we have looked at”Prof Martha Dirnfeld
“If you wear a suit to work put the mobile in your chest pocket instead of close to your testes. It will reduce the risk of your sperm count dropping or dropping so much.”Prof Gedis Grudzinskas
Dr Allan Pacey, a leading fertility expert at the University of Sheffield was unconvinced by this study…
“There have been some crazy and alarming headlines on this subject.”
“In my opinion, the studies undertaken to date have been somewhat limited.”
“That’s because they have either sperm kept in a dish irradiated at frequencies used by mobile phones – which is not realistic – or they have made assessments of men’s phone habits without adequately considering other aspects of their lifestyle.”
“What we need are some properly designed epidemiological studies where mobile phone use is considered alongside other lifestyle habits.”
“Until that time, I will be continuing to keep my iPhone in my trouser pocket!”