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Cellphone radiation hurts men's ability to conceive, study confirms


(NaturalNews) If you are like most other men and keep your smartphone in your front pocket, chances are cellphone radiation is frying your sperm. According to a new systemic review, there is conclusive evidence that men should find another storage spot for their mobile phones.

The researchers from the University of Newcastle in Australia reviewed 27 scientific papers investigating the effects of radiofrequency electromagnetic radiation (RF-EMR) on the male reproductive system. Of the 27 analyzed studies, 21 reported some kind of adverse impact on male fertility due to the effects of smartphone radiation.

How non-ionizing radiation influences the body remains a mystery

According to the authors of the study, there is currently a heated debate among scientists who have no way to explain how non-ionizing radiation influences the body. However, their research adds to the growing body of evidence suggesting RF-EMR damage on male reproductive abilities.

The researchers looked at data such as sperm count, motility and the viability of success in fertilizing an egg. According to the authors of the review, cellphone exposure resulted in an 8 percent reduction in sperm motility and a 9 percent reduction in sperm viability. Furthermore, they found evidence of DNA damage and the induction of reactive oxygen species (ROS) which have been previously recognized as problems for sperm survival and fertility.

The authors of the review said that the results are hardly surprising given the unique vulnerability of the highly specialized sperm cell. They added that by continuing to store phones in front pockets, the male population is ignoring the future health burden that may be created if conception proceeds with defective, DNA-damaged spermatozoa.

Another study published earlier this year found that sperm levels of men who kept their cellphones in their pockets throughout the day were severely affected in 47 percent of cases, compared to just 11 percent of the general male population.

The researchers from the Haifa Technion and the Carmel Medical Center, however, believe that it is the heat emitted by mobile phones, rather than electromagnetic radiation, that is the main cause of damaged sperm.

The evidence is clear

As reported by the Daily Mail Online, approximately 14 percent of couples worldwide struggle to conceive – with male infertility being the main cause in roughly 40 percent of the cases. Given these high numbers, a small detail such as where a man stores his cellphone could be crucial to whether he can conceive a child or not.

Scientists remain cautious in their assumptions, and state that more direct and controlled evidence is needed to prove the link between male infertility and cellphone use.

Regardless of the opinion of other scientists, Dr. Joel Moskowitz of UC Berkeley's public health school explained to Daily Mail Online that the evidence is clear, and men should stop storing their phones near their genitals. He further noted that this review is a pivotal step towards a broader global understanding of the dangers lurking in people's pockets.

The World Health Organization classified cellphone radiation as a possible 2B carcinogen in 2011. This was the first significant recognition that mobile phones could have a devastating effect on the body.

Cellphones have become an integral part of our lives. As stated by IFL Science, there is about one device for every American, while in certain European countries such as Germany, Denmark and Italy, there are more devices than people.

With a world relying on mobile phones, researchers believe it is crucial that a definitive answer regarding the safety of cellphones and fertility be determined soon.

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