Mobile phones and modern technology have massively changed our lives. Often for the better, but sometimes for the worse. We have enjoyed huge, life-changing advances in medical science but some diseases and conditions are more common than ever. Could that very technology be to blame for declining male fertility?
Male Fertility & Infertility
Male infertility is a sensitive subject but it’s one that affects one in 25 men, and infertility rates are growing. How do you tackle a very private, emotionally charged issue? Revolutions like new home testing for male fertility are breaking down barriers. The test uses a cheap device that attaches to a mobile phone with an app. Sperm samples can be analysed in the privacy of your own home. It’s thought the device could become as widespread as home pregnancy testing.
This could prove to be an important boost in the fight against male infertility, allowing men to monitor their sperm counts and collect accurate data.
Wearable technology like Fitbits, fitness trackers, meal planners and calorie counting apps, have made getting personalised feedback and advice on our health and fitness easier than ever. You don’t need a personal trainer or nutritionist to improve your wellbeing, and those improvements also benefit your fertility.
Phones & Infertility
Technology doesn’t always have a positive impact however. In fact, our mobile phones that enable all these innovations could be making infertility worse.
Mobile phones also enable us to stay up late at night, surfing the web and playing games, stimulating our brains when we should be sleeping. Sleep deprivation and difficulty sleeping has been linked to the blue light emitted by phone screens. In turn, it leads to stress, depression, obesity, diabetes and cardiopulmonary disease. As well as irritability, moodiness and being more accident-prone.
We know that stress and obesity can cause problems conceiving, and being too tired or too wired in the bedroom to perform any baby-making duties doesn’t help either.
It’s Not Just the Phones; It’s Also Our Behavior with Phones
Mobile phones are also responsible for the increasing hours we work. It’s been estimated that smartphones and tablets add two hours to the working day. That’s time you could be going to the gym, nurturing relationships, unwinding and fighting off stress.
On top of all these issues, the more time we spend on our mobile phones the more we are exposed to mobile phone radiation. Our phones communicate with the network using electromagnetic frequencies and a field that reaches about six inches around the phone. These frequencies are a form of radiation. They pass through the body and there is mounting evidence it damages cells and DNA. The effects of this include tumours, cancers, and male infertility.
Sperm are especially vulnerable as the smallest abnormalities can result in them being classed as non-viable or non-motile, and raising the level of infertility. Many men keep their mobile phones in a front pocket or on a belt – within the six inch electromagnetic field.
What Can I Do?
Obviously, you can always use your phone less, and make a few other small changes to your habits. For instance, don’t carry your phone in your pocket; and keep your phone as far away from your body as possible when you are using your phone.
Coming full circle, there are technologies that can combat this too. Anti-radiation mobile phone cases like the WaveWall Universal, or EMF shielding clothing like the SYB Boxer Briefs, protect your body from mobile radiation.
Guest post written by Harry Gardiner, Managing Director of WaveWall Worldwide. Having spent the past 4 years immersed in the fertility world, Harry regularly speaks out about environmental factors that affect fertility.