Cell phone use can lead to low sperm count says study

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



1. Da_Miz

Posts: 17; Member since: Aug 20, 2011

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

17. Yeeee

Posts: 190; Member since: Aug 02, 2011

Cell Phones= Better than Condoms

2. wtfrubothdumb unregistered

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

3. cheeseycheeser

Posts: 413; Member since: Mar 24, 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! ;)

4. aztaxia12295

Posts: 272; Member since: Nov 22, 2009

cant say that about me!

6. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 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?


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

I agree, holy s**t lol

14. HTCiscool

Posts: 449; Member since: Jul 16, 2011

It just means more sex!

8. vvelez5

Posts: 623; Member since: Jan 29, 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.

15. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 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.

20. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

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

9. CluckCluckNaway unregistered

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

10. Pings

Posts: 304; Member since: Dec 19, 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...

11. Dj21o

Posts: 437; Member since: May 19, 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.

12. Azure01

Posts: 127; Member since: Aug 16, 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.

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. =.=

16. HTCiscool

Posts: 449; Member since: Jul 16, 2011

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

18. bay unregistered

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

19. enemyisyou

Posts: 44; Member since: Jul 04, 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...

21. thinnairr unregistered

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

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