Cell Phone Use Associated with Decline in Fertility
American Society For Reproductive Medicine
effect of cell phones on sperm parameters may be due to the
electromagnetic radiation the devices emit or to the heat they generate.
In an observational study, researchers from
Cleveland, Mumbai, and New Orleans found that the number of hours in a
day that a man uses his cell phone can affect all aspects of his sperm
Three hundred and sixty-four men undergoing evaluation for infertility
were classified into three groups according to their sperm count. Among
the men in the group with a normal sperm count, those who did not use a
cell phone at all had sperm counts averaging 86 million per milliliter,
with 68% motility, and 40% normal forms. Among men in the normal count
group who used a cell phone more than four hours a day, the averages
were significantly lower: 66 million sperm per milliliter, 48%
motility, and 21% normal forms.
The effect of cell phones on sperm parameters may be due to the
electromagnetic radiation the devices emit or to the heat they
generate. The researchers note that further studies will be necessary
to identify the mechanism involved in the reduction of sperm quality
due to cell phones.
- P-398 Agarwal et al, Relationship
between cell phone use and human fertility: an observational study.
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