Mobile phones may affect male fertility

Men who store their cell phones in their pants’ pocket may increase their chances of infertility, according to new research published in Environment International.

Researchers from the University of Exeter performed a systematic review of 10 studies involving 1,492 participants. These individuals were from fertility clinics and research centers. Their sperm quality underwent three testing standards: proper movement, proportion, and quantity.

A control group had 50 to 85 percent of normal sperm movement. However, this percentage decreased by eight, on average, when an individual was regularly exposed to cell phones. The same results also affected the proportion of living sperm. The influence on quantity was not determined. These results were also the same for in vitro studies.

It’s believed the radio-frequency electromagnetic radiation emitted by cell phones could be the reason for these changes.

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