A study published in the journal Reproductive BioMedicine links increasing sperm damage with mobile phones kept by majority of men in their trouser pockets or close to their groin - The Telegraph writes.
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The research states that mobile phone radiation is “cooking” male sperms and rendering them infertile, advising that men desist from keeping mobile phones close to their testicles. In a test of 100 men reporting to a fertility clinic for examinations, the researchers found that 47% got afflicted by a mobile phone that damaged their sperms.
“We analyzed the amount and quality of active swimming sperm and found they are quite reduced,” said Professor Martha Dirnfeld of Technion University in Haifa, Israel. “We think this is being caused by a heating of the sperm from a phone and by electromagnetic activity.”
The researchers also found that many men talk on their phone while it is charging, while others keep it overnight on their beds or bedsides, something they say significantly reduces sperm count and quality. And use of mobile phones has been blamed in 40% of men trying to father a child in western countries.
“Men need to think about their wellbeing and stop being addicted to their phones,” said Professor Gedis Grudzinskas, a fertility consultant at St. George’s Hospital in London. “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.”
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Most women carry their mobile phones in their purses or bags and so may not be affected by any potential fertility issues – although the researchers did not focus their attention on this aspect.