The research is in. We now know that men who talk too much on their cell phones or keep their iPhones in a pants pocket have lower sperm counts. If a man is trying to impregnate a woman he does best to cut back on his cell phone usage and to keep his distance from the sperm-killer.
Somehow or other, the research does emphasize the corollary: cell phones seem to be an effective male contraceptive.
The Daily Mail has the story:
Men who carry their mobile phone in a trouser pocket or talk on it for just an hour a day risk suffering with fertility problems, scientists warn.
Research shows that sperm count can also be reduced by talking on a phone that is charging, or even keeping it close by on a bedside table at night.
The quality of sperm among men in Western countries is steadily decreasing, and is considered the factor in 40 per cent of cases in which couples have difficulty conceiving a child.
Heat and electromagnetic activity which emanate from a mobile phone are thought to be ‘cook’ sperm, causing them to die.
The findings have led to a leading British fertility expert to warn men about the risks of being ‘addicted’ to mobile phones.
The study revealed that men who chatted on the phone for more than an hour daily were twice as likely to have low sperm quality as those who spoke for less than an hour, while those who talked on the phone as it charged were almost twice as likely to suffer problems.
It also found that 47 per cent of men who kept their phones within 20 inches of their groin had sperm levels that were seriously affected, compared with just 11 per cent of the general population.