LONDON, Feb 21, 2016:
Men who keep mobile phones in their trouser pockets risk their sperm being “cooked”, worrying research has claimed.
Tests showed sperm counts plunged “significantly” in men who kept a phone in their trousers for just an hour a day — potentially preventing them from fathering children, according to the Mirror.
Fertility consultant Professor Gedis Grudzinskas said: “Men need to think about their wellbeing and try to stop being addicted to their phones.”
Researchers monitored 106 men for a year and found 47% of mobile phone addicts — four times higher than normal — had reduced sperm counts.
Professor Martha Dirnfeld, of the Technion University in Haifa, Israel, said electromagnetic waves were effectively cooking sperm.
She said: “We analysed active sperm and found it had been reduced. We think this is being caused by heating from the phone and by electromagnetic activity.”
Keeping phones close to the groin area, using them while on charge and even keeping handsets on a bedside table appears to lower sperm count.
The findings in the journal Reproductive BioMedicine support a long-feared link between dropping fertility rates in men and phone use.
Dirnfeld said: “This is a warning to men to change their habits to improve their chances of having children.
“Women generally don’t carry mobiles on them so maybe a phone won’t affect their fertility. It’s not something we have looked at.”
Grudzinskas, a Harley Street specialist and consultant at St George’s Hospital in London , added: “If you wear a suit to work put the mobile in your chest pocket.
“And do you need to keep the phone on the bedside table? Some men keep their mobile in their shorts or pyjamas in bed. Is that really necessary?”