Cell Phones & Male Infertility

Cell Phones & Male Infertility

There are many indicators that male infertility is on the rise, globally. And there is an increasing body of science suggesting that exposure to cell phone and WiFi radiation may be one of the causes of this worrying trend.

According to this 2013 article from the Wall Street Journal, “some experts raising the alarm over what some are calling a ‘sperm crisis’ because they believe men’s sperm counts have been decreasing for a decade or more.”

One recent analysis found that in France, the sperm concentration of men decreased by nearly one-third between 1989 and 2005. Most but not all studies from several European nations with large databases and the ability to track health records have found that over the past 15 years or so, the counts of healthy men ages 18 to 25 have significantly decreased. This comes after a prominent study from the 1990s suggested that sperm count has decreased by half over the last half-century.

Ashok Agarwal
Dr. Ashok Agarwal, of the Cleveland Clinic, has published multiple studies demonstrating a link between cell phones and reduced fertility.

One of the researchers who has contributed to the investigation of the role that cell phone and WiFi radiation might be playing in this trend is Ashok Agarwal of the Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Agarwal has published multiple studies on this question.

For example, Dr. Agarwal’s 2007 study, “Effect of cell phone usage on semen analysis in men attending infertility clinic: an observational study” studied the relationship between exposure to cell phone radiation and infertility in 361 men, divided into four groups:

  1. Those who did not use cell phones
  2. Those who used cell phones for less than 2 hours a day
  3. Those who used cell phones between 2 and 4 hours a day
  4. Those who used cell phones for more than 4 hours a day

Dr. Agarwal’s results showed statistically significant differences in fertility, and sperm quality, between these four groups. More significantly, these results demonstrate what is called a “dose-response” relationship between exposure to cell phones, and decreased fertility. In other words, the more a man used a cell phone, the less healthy that man’s sperm was.

As the 2007 report concludes: “The decrease in sperm parameters was dependent on the duration of daily exposure to cell phones and independent of the initial semen quality.”

There is good news, though.

Men regenerate their sperm every day. That means that cutting cell phone use (or shielding one’s body from cell phone radiation) can lead to rapid-term improvements in sperm count and quality. The damage is not irreversible.

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