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Fact or Fiction? Do laptops and Phones affect male fertility?

It's hard to think of a modern man who does not regularly use a laptop or phone in today’s world. Yet, scientists are now beginning to question whether radiation from these devices may be affecting male fertility.

A recent study by urology professors at the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine analysed the effect of electromagnetic radiation emitted from phones and laptops with a WiFi function on sperm count, motility and morphology. The semen samples of 32 healthy men between the ages of 24 and 31 were divided, with half put in a temperature controlled environment with no laptops or phones and the other put in a temperature controlled environment with laptops and phones. After 5 hours the motility of the sperm that had been near to laptops and phones was 22% lower than the control group.

The reduction in sperm mobility was linked by the professors to increased damage to DNA (fragmentation) in the sperm exposed to electronic radiation. Moreover, the increased temperature of the testicles due to warm laptops being placed on laps for long periods of time has also been linked to reduced sperm count and impaired sperm motility and morphology.

More research needs to be done to support this theory but it wouldn’t hurt to reduce the time your phone is in your pocket or your laptop is on your lap.


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