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Mobile Phones Kill Sperm?

People have been claiming that mobile phones give you brain cancer for years. According to the National Cancer Institute though, so far studies have not demonstrated “a consistent link between cell phone use and cancers of the brain, nerves, or other tissues of the head or neck.” New research conducted by researchers at the University of Exeter in the UK and recently published in the journal Environment International has revealed that–for men–the real danger lies in keeping your smartphone in your pocket.

Mobile phones emit RF-EMR or radio-frequency electromagnetic radiation. The frequency is produced not only when a cell phone is active but also when the device is idle. As far back as 2009 scientists discovered that RF-EMR from mobile phones negatively impacted the quality of semen in rodents.

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Mobile phones kill sperm?/Image: Wonderlust

This new study, however, focused on human males and their “ability to conceive” with a female.  A UE evolutionary biologist and the lead author of the report, Dr. Fiona Mathews, examined sperm samples from 1,492 subjects. Results indicated that in control groups–men who didn’t keep their mobile phones in their front pockets–“between 50 percent and 85 percent” of their sperm had “normal movement.”

Mathews and company discovered that the proportion dropped on average 8 percentage points when the men were exposed to the RF-EMR from their mobile phones.  Unlike previous pilot studies conducted years ago, the investigative team did not overstep their bounds.  The research indicates that small amounts of the radiation do not cause cell mutation. However, “over a prolonged period of time, RF-EMR can significantly affect a man’s body—especially his sperm.

Mathews concluded: “This study strongly suggests that being exposed to radio-frequency electromagnetic radiation from carrying mobiles in trouser pockets negatively affects sperm quality. This could be particularly important for men already on the borderline of infertility and further research is required to determine the full clinical implications for the general population.”

About Will Phoenix

W. Scott Phoenix, B.A., B.S. was born in Hawaii, raised in Pennsylvania and resides in California. He has been a published writer since 1978. His work has appeared (under various names) in numerous places in print and online including Examiner.com. He is a single parent of three children and has also worked as an actor, singer and teacher. He has been employed by such publications as the Daily Collegian and the Los Angeles Times.