Will carrying a cell phone in your pocket have a negative effect on sperm count? Researchers have been examining how cellphone usage may harm fertility in men. Researchers at the University of Exeter conducted a systematic review of the findings from ten studies to clarify the potential role of environmental exposure on male fertility. What makes this study so compelling is that most of the global adult population own cellphones, and in high and middle income countries around 14% of couples have difficulty conceiving.
Here are some of the study highlights:
Participants in the studies were from fertility clinics and research centers.
Sperm quality was measured in three different ways:
- motility (the ability of sperm to move properly towards an egg)
- viability (the proportion of sperm that were alive)
- concentration (the number of sperm per unit of semen)
In control groups, 50-85% of sperm have normal movement.
Sperm movement fell by an average of 8 percent among men exposed to cellphones.
- Similar effects were seen for sperm viability.
- The effects on sperm concentration were less clear.
This study strongly indicates that being exposed to radio-frequency electromagnetic radiation by carrying a cellphone in a trouser pocket negatively affects sperm quality.
- This is especially important for men presently on the borderline of infertility issues.
An easy fix is to simply carry your cell phone in a different spot, not near the penile area. Diet and natural male enhancement pills formulated with Zinc are thought to help promote sperm motility.