Keeping a cell phone in your pocket can zap sperm, new study shows

Could be damaging some men's chances of becoming a father

By Nathan Legg
Posted on Jun 15, 2014 - 7:23am

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Carrying a cell phone in your pants pocket can harm your sperm, new study of studies shows

Carrying a cell phone in your pants pocket can harm your sperm, new study of studies shows

Men who keep a mobile phone in their pants pocket could be inadvertently damaging their chances of becoming a father, according to a new study.

Most men worldwide own mobile phones, and around 14% of couples in high and middle income countries have difficulty conceiving.

Here’s the deal: Sperm movement is 10 percent slower on average in men who keep phones in their pockets. The sperm is also less viable.

That can be trouble if you’re trying to become a dad.

“This study strongly suggests that being exposed to radio-frequency electromagnetic radiation from carrying mobiles in trouser pockets negatively affects sperm quality,” said Dr. Fiona Mathews, of Biosciences at the University of Exeter in the U.K. who led the team of researchers. “This could be particularly important for men already on the borderline of infertility.”

Ten previous studies suggested that radio-frequency electromagnetic radiation emitted by the devices can have a detrimental effect on male fertility.

Researchers at the University of Exeter conducted a systematic review of the findings from those previous studies to clarify the potential role of this environmental exposure.

Participants in the studies were from fertility clinics and research centers.

The study is published in the journal Environment International.

Nathan Legg is a contributing writer for Daddyhood who enjoys most writing stories about dads teaching their sons life lessons, sports and finance. Born in Pittsburgh and a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, Nathan and his dad’s relationship revolves around sports. Together they watch and discuss all things Black n’ Gold on a daily basis.

  • Kristen Johnson

    Hi! This is a great blog post and I’m thrilled that it’s being shared on a men’s blog site. My husband and I have been trying to conceive for almost 3 years and we found out long ago that it was because of low sperm count. Long story short, we found that it was due to varicocele veins in his testicles and he ended up having bilateral varicocele surgery to try to repair the veins and improve his sperm count. I don’t want to make this comment too long but I wrote a lot about it in my blog. Again, great article and I think it’s awesome to see something like this on a “man’s” blog.

    Kristen Johnson