Mobile phones ‘negatively impact male fertility’

10 June 2014

Men who have often keep their mobile phones in their trouser pockets could be negatively impacting their fertility, according to a new study from the University of Exeter.

Previous research has suggested that radio-frequency electromagnetic radiation (RF-EMR) released by such devices have a harmful effect of male fertility. 

The new study, led by Dr Fiona Matthews, conducted a meta-analysis of ten evaluations that involved of 1,490 participants. The team hoped to clarify the potential risks of this kind of exposure.

In control groups, it was found that 50-85 per cent of sperm had normal movement. This fell by around eight per cent when there was exposure to mobile phones. Researchers discovered a similar impact on sperm viability, which is the proportion of live cells. The effects on concentration - the number of sperm per unit of semen - was less clear.

Dr Mathews commented: "Given the enormous scale of mobile phone use around the world, the potential role of this environmental exposure needs to be clarified. This study strongly suggests that being exposed to RF-EMR from carrying mobiles in trouser pockets negatively affects sperm quality.”

She added that further research is required to determine the full clinical implications for the general population. 

Posted by Edward Bartel


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