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Cell Phones and Male Fertility

Cell Phones and Male Fertility

Guest Post by Harry Gardiner, of Wave Wall Cases

Cell phones are “possibly carcinogenic to humans” according to the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), part of the World Health Organisation (WHO). And they’re not the only scientists beating the drum. Over the last decade there have been numerous warnings about the ways in which cell phones may be damaging our health. But is anyone listening? Apparently not. In 2001, cell phone subscriptions were at 1 billion. In 2012, they were above 6 billion. Driven by the convenience we have been ignoring the warnings – mostly about brain cancer – and integrating cell phones into our lives.

Perhaps because brain cancer is so comparatively rare, it’s a danger we seem willing to ignore. Like being bitten by a shark or dying in a plane crash. We know it happens, just not to us. But there is another risk from cell phones that is much more widespread and for many people is much closer to home. Cell phones can make men infertile. And not just ‘can’, as a theoretical proposition; they actually are reducing male fertility factors on a major scale worldwide.

Science and cell phones
It takes a while for science to catch up with the impacts of new technologies. But numerous scientific studies around the globe now show that cell phone radiation negatively impacts sperm function, among other things. Cell phone radiation reduces sperm counts, too; and that is the headline fertility factor that most people look at. But sperm function is often more important. Although a low sperm count makes you less fertile, if the sperm you do have are functioning well, there is still a good chance of you conceiving.

Whereas if your sperm are too weak or too immobile to reach the egg, no matter how many there are you won’t achieve your goal of fatherhood. Properly functioning sperm – sperm that are viable, and that swim in a strong forward motion – are therefore essential to conception.

So what does the science say about the effect of cell phones on these two crucial factors?
In a research study by Agarwal, et al, four groups of donors were categorized by how long they said they spent on their cell phone. The donors who did not use a cell phone had an average sperm viability of 71.77%; cell phone users with up to two hours of daily exposure averaged 68.21%; two to four hours of daily exposure averaged 57.95%; while those with four plus hours averaged 47.61%. In simple terms, the more sperm were exposed to cell phone radiation, the less viable they became.

The same applies to motility – the ability of the sperm to move forward towards the egg. The ideal sperm for hunting down the egg is “rapidly progressive motile sperm”. Fejes, et al, showed that more cell phone exposure leads to less rapidly progressive motile sperm. La Vignera, et al, also found that these ideal sperm were reduced by cell phone exposure in both in-vitro and in-vivo tests. Adams, et al, and a number of other scientific researchers, report similar supportive evidence and statistics.

Avoiding cell phone radiation
It’s a strange irony that so many men keep their cell phone in their trouser pockets – the ideal place to expose their private parts to the radiation it emits. If you are one of these, then consider carefully the effect your phone is having on your fertility.

The ideal solution would be not to use a cell phone at all. But for millions of people around the globe, that would be impractical. The only safe alternatives are either to carry your cell phone away from your body, such as in a rucksack, or to carry it in an anti-radiation cell phone case, such as WaveWall. WaveWall has been shown in independent testing to block more than 85% of your cell phone’s radiation from reaching your body, while still allowing your phone to work normally in your pocket.


Not convinced? Some facts to think about

Infertility already affects 1 in 25 men, and one in five healthy young men between the ages of 18 and 25 is at risk because they have abnormal sperm counts.

The three prime causes of male infertility are reduced sperm motility, poor sperm viability and low testosterone levels. Scientific studies demonstrate that mobile phone radiation can cause all three.

WaveWall is an innovative, stylish phone case that safeguards your reproductive health by reducing the mobile phone radiation your testicles absorb by more than 85%.


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