Cell Phones Decrease Male Fertility

Carrying a cell phone in your pants pocket may decrease your sperm count and your chances of conceiving a child— according to a study conducted at Carmel Medical Center in Haifa, Israel. Sperm counts have been decreasing in men in Western countries for over 100 years, due to environmental pollutants and consumption of foods high in plant estrogens. The Israeli study showed that exposure to electromagnetic radiation emitted from cell phones decreases sperm counts in at least 50 percent of men. Reduced fertility was greatest in men who carried their phones in pockets close to their groin. This was a small study involving only 106 men, so more research is needed to determine the extent of the problem. (Reproductive Biomedicine online, 31:421-426, 2016)

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