Sunday 4 December 2016

Mobile phones are ‘cooking’ men’s sperm

Published 22/02/2016 | 14:15

Sperm count is impacted by cellular phone usage.
Sperm count is impacted by cellular phone usage.

Fertility experts have advised men to avoid keeping their mobile phone in their front pocket or on their lap as it can significantly reduce their sperm count and impact fertility.

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New research has found that using a mobile phone in close proximity to the testicles for as little as an hour can have an impact on sperm count.

The study found 47pc of the men tested, who kept their phones in their front pockets for the duration of the day, had significantly lower sperm counts than men who did not.

Professor Martha Dirnfeld, of the Technion University in Haifa, said: "We analysed the amount of active swimming sperm and the quality and found that it had been reduced.

"We think this is being caused by a heating of the sperm from the phone and by electromagnetic activity."

More than 100 men were analysed throughout the course of the study which was carried out in Israel.

Fertility experts advised me to avoid speaking on the phone while it is charging, and to refrain from holding mobiles on their laps.

The study was published in the journal Reproductive BioMedicine, and is part of developing research which suggests that cellular phone use is having a worrisome impact on male sperm counts and quality.

In Western countries, the quality of men’s sperm is continuously decreasing, which is impacting fertility.

Professor Gedis Grudzinskas, a fertility consult ant St George's Hospital London and in Harley Street said: " Men need to think about their well being and try to stop being addicted to their phones.

"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.

"And do you need to keep the phone right next to you on the bedside table. Some men keep their mobile in their shorts or pyjamas in bed. Is that really necessary?"

Professor Dirnfeld said: "I think this is a warning to men to change their habits to improve their chances of having children. 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."

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