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by Mike Zazaian October 24, 2006 - 11:16am, 5 Comments

Cell Phone Usage Could Lower Sperm Count

A study conducted in Cleveland, Mumbai, and New Orleans shows that men who use cell phones for extended periods of time show a decreased sperm count, lower motility, and greater sperm deformation.

Researchers divided the 364 men involved in the study into those with normal or little cell phone usage, those who used cell phones for more than four hours a day, and those who used various amounts between those two extremes. Announced at the 62nd annual meeting of the American Society for Reproductive medicine, results of the study showed that men who had little or no cell phone usage showed mostly normal sperm counts, averaging 86 million per milliliter, with 68% motility, and 40% normal forms (non-deformed sperm). Men with excessive cell phone usage, however, showed a much lower sperm count, averaging only 66 million sperm per milliliter, 48% motility, and 21% normal forms. Data from the men between those figures was too varied to be of immediate use.

Scientists attributed the lower sperm counts to electromagnetic radiation and heat generated by cell phones, both of which can be detrimental to the production of sperm. Luckily for those who are obligated to use cell phones for many, many, many hours every day, skeptics noted that those with excessive cell phone usage could also suffer from such factors as obesity, diet or stress. After all, those tied to their cell phone from dawn to dusk are likely prone to increased work loads, and might also lack time to perform recommended amounts of exercise.

Read the ASRM Press Release
Via The Register