Knowledge is power, and in this science and technology age that we’re in, information is key.
As we all know, smartphones do have a definite elevated temperature to them, and they’re perpetually receiving information and social media updates in the form of electromagnetic frequency (EMF) radiation, and that sort of energy doesn’t just disappear. It seems like common sense to keep your phone in your pocket for easy access, but it also makes sense to do a bit of research and determine what interactions are happening below your belt.
How can keeping your cell phone in your pocket affect your sperm and prevent you from having a child?
Using a hands-free device with a mobile phone could have an effect on your fertility if you keep your phone close to your testicles, Cleveland Clinic researchers warn in the journal Fertility and Sterility.
Men who use these hands-free devices tend to hold their cell phones in their pants pocket or clipped to their belts at the waist while in talk mode. As a result, they will be exposing their testicles to damaging radiofrequency electromagnetic waves, explains Ashok Agarwal, PhD, head of the andrology laboratory and also the director of the Center for Reproductive Medicine at the Glickman Urologoical and Kidney Institute at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio.
“The Bluetooth devices, which many people are using these days because of health and safety concerns, may not be always so safe. There is a downside,” he says.
How Does Cell Phone Radiation Affects Sperm Quality?
To reach their findings, researchers collected semen samples from 32 men and divided each man’s sample into two parts. They placed half of the semen samples 2.5 centimeters away from a 850 MHz frequency cell phone in talk mode for one hour. Most cell phones used in the U.S. are 850-900 MHz. They chose this distance because it is the typical distance between the testes and the trouser pockets.
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Previous research from the same group showed that radiofrequency electromagnetic waves emitted from cell phones can impair sperm quality, and the new study shows why this may occur. Semen exposed to radiofrequency electromagnetic waves emitted from cell phones had higher levels of damaging free radicals, lower sperm motility (the ability of the sperm to move and swim) and sperm viability (the percentage of live sperm), and possibly greater oxidative stress, the study shows. There were no significant differences in DNA damage between the exposed and unexposed groups.
It’s more than just mobile phones. Other factors can affect male infertility, he says. “Men should not place their laptop on their laps due to the heat from the battery,” he tells WebMD. “Jacuzzis, tub baths, toxins, and fumes can all play a role in male infertility and should be discussed.”