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Cell phone use can lead to low sperm count says study

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Cell phone use can lead to low sperm count says study
Any male cell phone users trying to conceive a child with your Significant Other? You might have better luck if you stay away from your cell phone during the period when you are trying to conceive, considering that a report in the Journal of Andrology says that using a cell phone can decrease the quality and quantity of a man's sperm.

The report, titled "Cellular phone and male infertility" discussed how an experiment used rats in special plexiglass cases with cell phones placed just .2 inches below the bottom of the cage. After the rats were exposed to the emissions of a cell phone 6 hours a day for more than 4 months, the rats sperm count dropped by 25%. At the same time, the sperm tended to stick together, reducing the possibility of  fertilizing an egg.

Further study needs to be done, says Dr. Joel Moskowitz. The Doctor is the director of the Center for Family and Community Health in the School of Public Health at the University of California at Berkeley; he says that more research is necessary to see if certain phones or networks have less of an effect on the male reproductive system than others do. For example, no one knows if either GSM or CDMA models produce the most damage.

How do cell phones affect sperm? One theory is that when handsets are kept in a male's front pocket,. the phone warms up and affects the sperm's temperature in the scrotum. Sperm normally must be in a climate about 4 degrees lower than regular body temperature. Others say that the phone's RF-EMR penetrates a male's tissue and interferes with the body's own electromagnetic frequency, creating abnormal sperm, which is somewhat confirmed by the study with the rats.

Dr. Moskowitz warns that "Children, adolescents, young adults and especially pregnant women should take precaution and avoid keeping the cell phone close to their reproductive organs, in addition to their heads. These are the parts of the body that are highly sensitive to radiation. This is a wake-up call for those who tend to leave cell phones in theor front pocket."

The lobbying arm for the wireless industry responded. John Walls, the CTIA's VP for public affairs responded in an email to CNET in which he wrote that a number of agencies have looked into cell phone radiation and have found cell phones to not be a public health risk. Still, for those men whose sperm is damaged by cell phone use regardless of how it happened, and who put the "i" in iPhone, staying clear of their cell phone while trying to make a baby could raise the odds of success.

source: JournalofAndrology via CNET

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posted on 21 Aug 2011, 22:35

1. Da_Miz (banned) (Posts: 17; Member since: 20 Aug 2011)


good thing my android is more than just a phone...
i wouldnt feel so bad for shooting blanks

posted on 22 Aug 2011, 01:21 2

17. Yeeee (Posts: 190; Member since: 02 Aug 2011)


Cell Phones= Better than Condoms

posted on 21 Aug 2011, 22:50

2. wtfrubothdumb (unregistered)


so long as your sperm is white is it is alRIGHT :)

posted on 21 Aug 2011, 22:52 1

3. cheeseycheeser (Posts: 379; Member since: 24 Mar 2011)


Interesting, but this was tested on rats. Therefor this is disproportionate . Where they rat sized cell phones that put out radiation in proportion to a rats body? Doubt it. This makes the entire study invalid for humans. Let's say it scaled perfectly, that would make the drop in sperm count less then 1% for an adult male... Maybe? Just guessing. But who knows! Maybe this will help bring down teen pregnancy rates! ;)

posted on 21 Aug 2011, 22:57

4. aztaxia12295 (Posts: 265; Member since: 22 Nov 2009)


cant say that about me!

posted on 21 Aug 2011, 23:12 2

6. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


Wait, are you ****ing kidding me lol? So if I make a call on my phone, that means I shouldn't have sex because I will have low sperm count? Where the hell do they get this stuff lol? Seriously, did PA run out of things to write articles about?

posted on 21 Aug 2011, 23:20

7. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2940; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


I agree, holy s**t lol

posted on 22 Aug 2011, 00:47

14. HTCiscool (Posts: 449; Member since: 16 Jul 2011)


It just means more sex!

posted on 21 Aug 2011, 23:40 1

8. vvelez5 (Posts: 623; Member since: 29 Jan 2011)


You can still have sex you just might not be able to conceive a child. This I'm OK with at the moment. I don't need any chillins runnin around. I just want to know if this is sustained or if its just a temporary thing.

posted on 22 Aug 2011, 00:50

15. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5605; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


I wouldn't be too sure about cell phone use and not being able to conceive a child. There are more than a few people I know who were able to conceive a child and they were (for that matter still are) heavy cell phone users.

If you want to have fun and not conceive a child, tried and tested birth control would be in order.

posted on 22 Aug 2011, 10:13

20. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3849; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


Hey is Da_Miz you also or is someone trying to steal your thunder?

posted on 21 Aug 2011, 23:43

9. CluckCluckNaway (unregistered)


This study is stupid. Wouldn't I have to have the phone on my balls for that to happen?

posted on 22 Aug 2011, 00:05

10. Pings (Posts: 300; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


Can or does? I tried of the "studies" that CLAM mights, maybe, or just simply just don't know as a fact. I would like to see some human studies now. Great someone somewhere is going to pass a law about this...

posted on 22 Aug 2011, 00:18

11. Dj21o (Posts: 437; Member since: 19 May 2011)


Last time I checked, my nuts never texted/called anyone off of my phone? Nutdialing just sounds wrong... If anything, I would have radiation in my brain or my ear canals, not my nutsack. There were also studies done years ago and nobody ever proved it to be true, sorry everyone lol.

posted on 22 Aug 2011, 00:30

12. Azure01 (Posts: 126; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


This study is incredibly old. Its as old as the getting cancer from phone radiation. Both are a couple of years old in fact. Im betting many of you have had children even after these studies were done. Don't stress it damn near everything has radiation these days any way.

posted on 22 Aug 2011, 00:39

13. EXkurogane (unregistered)


If you dont mind becoming a VIP (Very Infertile Person), then continue angry-birding on your phone for hours. Many people spend more time on game and web on a phone that making phone calls.

Many people love to ask "Does this phone has good games?" when asking me to recommend a phone based on a maximum budget, which pisses me off. If games are more important than a phone, get a PSP, not a phone. =.=

posted on 22 Aug 2011, 00:51 2

16. HTCiscool (Posts: 449; Member since: 16 Jul 2011)


iPhone users won't care, theyll continue to bone their phones every night ;)

posted on 22 Aug 2011, 02:48

18. bay (unregistered)


Not an issue for me. I'm ***. I'll buy an iPhone.

posted on 22 Aug 2011, 07:59

19. enemyisyou (Posts: 44; Member since: 04 Jul 2009)


2 kids and 1 on the way for me and my phone never leaves my side. Sorry scientists, chalk another one up in the "fail" column...

posted on 22 Aug 2011, 11:31

21. thinnairr (unregistered)


Another trustworthy 'studies say' article...why on Phone Arena?

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