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Monday, October 23rd 2006

Put Down The Phone

Increased mobile phone use might decrease fertility – including sperm count and the quality and motility of the sperm.


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“It is just like using a toothbrush but mobiles could be having a devastating effect on fertility. It still has to be proved but it could have a huge impact because mobiles are so much part of our lives.”

Altogether 361 men in the study were divided into four groups, with 40 never using a mobile, 107 men using them for less than two hours a day, 100 men using them for two-four hours daily and 114 making calls for four or more hours a day.

The main finding was that on four measures of sperm potency – count, motility, viability and morphology, or appearance – there were significant differences between the groups.

The greater the use of mobile phones, the greater the reduction in each measure. Prof Agarwal said “This was very clear and very significant. Many in the lowest group for sperm count would be below normal as defined by the World Health Organisation.”

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