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.