A worrying new research has projected that men who keep mobile phones in their trouser pockets or on their bedside tables at night could be damaging their chances of fathering children. The study found that sperm quality and levels fell in men who had kept phones in their pocket during the day or even within a foot or two of the body. Suggesting in essence that keeping mobile phones close to the body risked cooking sperm.
Gedis Grudzinskas, who is a fertility consultant at Harley Street and St George’s Hospital, London, said: “Men need to think about their well-being and try to stop being addicted to their phones…If you wear a suit to work put the mobile in your chest pocket instead of close to your testes. It will reduce the risk of your sperm count dropping or dropping so much…And do you need to keep the phone right next to you on the bedside table? Some men keep their mobile in their shorts or pajamas in bed. Is that really necessary?”
In more ‘gruesome’ findings, the study which was carried out in Israel suggested that talking regularly on mobile phones for up to an hour a day or more and talking on the phone whilst it undergoes charging, doubled the likelihood of lower sperm concentration. The study which had researchers monitor 106 men for a year found 47.1 percent of mobile phone addicts to have reduced sperm counts.
Martha Dirnfeld, from Technion University in Haifa, said that they had; “analysed the amount of active swimming sperm and the quality and found that it had been reduced. We think this is being caused by a heating of the sperm from the phone and by electromagnetic activity”
The new finding published in the journal Reproductive BioMedicine is sure to fuel fears surrounding a link between declining fertility rates in men and the prevalent use of mobile phones because of radio frequency electromagnetic radiation emitted from devices. A lead author of the report, Ariel Zilberlicht, said that; “In light of the research findings it is certainly recommended to shorten the duration of calls, not to carry the phone near the groin, not to sleep next to it, not to talk while it is being charged – in fact, it is better to turn it off while it is being charged – and to use a headset or hands-free kit when possible.
There is therefore an almost consensus agreement by scientists that men should change the places that they keep their phones, with a jacket pocket being very much preferred to trouser pockets.