Studies Suggest Link Between Sperm Quality and Cell Phone Radiation
As people have become more informed and knowledgeable about the potential EMF dangers and benefits of electromagnetic radiation protection, cell phone radiation protection has made it a top concern for many. The effects that cell phones and cordless phone radiation can have specifically to a male's sperm count, quality, and viability has been one of the most popular areas of concern.
Poor sperm quality - the front pants problem
There have been numerous studies and tests done over the years that have attempted to prove one way or another just how necessary cell phone radiation protection is when it comes to male fertility. However, this can make it difficult to decipher the facts from the myth. For example, one 2006 study from the Cleveland Clinic found that men who used their cell phones the most had poorer sperm quality than those who used them the least.
In another more recent study released earlier this year, researchers led by Professor Martha Dirnfeld of Technion University in Haifa found that the common practice of keeping cell phones in a front pants pocket could be lowering sperm counts in men. According to HNGN.com, they believe the radiation from the phone essentially cooks the sperm to the point of infertility.
The researchers studied more than 100 men and tracked various parts of their lifestyles, including cell phone usage. They found that 47% of men who reported keeping their phones in their front pants pockets had lower sperms counts. In the general population/control group that number was just 11%.
Radiation and Infertility - not just a woman's issue
Unfortunately, the study didn't just single out cell phones relegated to pocket location. Cell phones emit radiation 24/7, and the study found that even simply talking on them can decrease a man's sperm count.
"The sperm levels were down to a number that would make conception difficult," said Dirnfeld, according to a press release. "If you are trying for a baby and it doesn't happen within a year, you might want to think of whether it could be your mobile phone habit that is to blame."
This study was published in the Journal of Reproductive BioMedicine.
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