Mobile Phones Reduce A Man’s Fertility By A Third,
Medical News Today
June 27, 2004
researchers in Hungary, if you are a man and you walk around
with a mobile (cell) phone, you could be reducing your
fertility by a third. The radiation emanating from the phone
may reduce the total number of sperm by 30%. This is according
to research carried out at the University of Szeged, Hungary.
Researchers examined 200 men. They presented their
findings at the European Society of Human Reproduction and
Embryology, Berlin, Germany.
Critics are already
saying that the research did not take into account many
factors related to men’s lifestyle.
This is the first
time any study has tried to look at how radiation from cell
phones affect a man’s sperm.
The evidence was quite
stark. The researchers found that the males who walked around
with their phones switched on (on standby) all day had 30%
less sperm than the men who had them switched off (or not on
More alarming – they found that the rest of the
sperm of them men who had their phones on standby all day were
not swimming properly. If a man’s sperm does not swim properly
his fertility is reduced.
Others, however, say other
factors could be influencing the results. Factors such as
social class and age range would have a big impact on the
results anyway. Maybe the type of man who walks around with
his phone switched on all day has a stressful job with many
other factors that could influence his sperm count.