If you’re having trouble getting pregnant and doctors can’t say why—here’s information that may shed light on your situation:
Researchers are finding a link between low sperm count and exposure to electromagnetic radiation from cell phones and laptops.
Most research studies on low sperm count in the past focused on medical conditions, such as sperm duct defects, chromosome defects, and hormone imbalances. At some point, researchers began looking at environmental causes, such as alcohol, medications (especially steroids and hormones), tobacco, pesticides, heavy metal exposure, prolonged bicycling, and diet.
Now the focus is on radiation from laptops and cell phones.
Infertility and Cell Phone Radiation
Two studies have recently come to light, drawing a link between cell phone radiation and infertility in men. One study was conducted at the Medical University of Graz, in Austria; the other at the Queen’s University in Canada. Men reporting cell phone use showed:
- lower levels of the luteinizing hormone (LH), an important reproductive hormone that is secreted by the pituitary gland in the brain
- higher levels of circulating testosterone
The researchers hypothesized that even though cell phone radiation appears to create higher levels of circulating testosterone, the radiation may nonetheless block the conversion of this testosterone to a more active, potent form of testosterone associated with sperm production and fertility.
Cell Phones in Pockets or on Belts
The Environmental Working Group, a major health advocacy group, has recently released a report on potentially harmful effects of cell phone radiation on sperm. The report reviews the scientific literature to date and reports that ten studies have found significant changes in sperm exposed to cell phone radiation. The report states:
“In the most striking findings, men who carried their phones in a pocket or on the belt were more likely to have lower sperm counts and/or more inactive or less mobile sperm.” [“mobile” or “motile” refers to moving sperm]
The report highlighted the following significant results from the studies:
- Men carrying a cell phone on a belt and using it intensively during a 5-day test period had a 19% drop in highly motile sperm from previous levels.
- Men carrying a phone in a hip pocket or on a belt had 11% fewer mobile sperm than men who kept their phone elsewhere on their body.
- Men talking on the phone for more than an hour a day had 17% fewer highly motile sperm than men who talked less than 15 minutes a day.
Bluetooth and Other Headsets
Several studies have found that using a Bluetooth or another type of headset can actually make things worse. Since a man using one of these devices is likely to keep his cell phone in his pocket or on a belt, his sperm are still being constantly exposed.
Also, in other studies on cell phones, it’s been found that brain tumors are more likely with the use of a Bluetooth, simply because the exposure to the head is more prolonged—so it’s not a smart idea to use one anyway.
Infertility and Laptop Radiation
So what about laptops? A study was published in the January 2012 issue of Fertility and Sterility that focused on how radiation emitted from laptops impacts sperm health.
Heading the team of researchers in Argentina, Dr. Conrado Avendano reported that they took semen samples from 29 healthy, fertile men and measured sperm motility after a 4-hour period of exposure to WiFi radiation.
Low Sperm Motility and DNA Damage
Sperm in the control group was maintained at the same temperature for the same amount of time, without exposure to WiFi. These are the results:
- WiFi Group: 25% of the sperm stopped swimming.
- Control Group: only 14% stopped.
- WiFi Group: 9% of the sperm showed DNA fragmentation or irreversible damage in the genetic code.
- Control Group: only 3% showed these signs.
In conclusion, Avendano stated:
“We speculate that keeping a laptop connected wirelessly to the internet on the lap near the testes may result in decreased male fertility. Our data suggest that the use of a laptop computer wirelessly connected to the internet and positioned near the male reproductive organs may decrease human sperm quality.”
The researchers also compared radiation emissions in laptops using WiFi to laptops without WiFi connection. Emissions from laptops with WiFi were significantly higher.
A Further Laptop-Infertility Danger
Previous studies on low sperm count have also included the study of a condition known as “scrotal hyperthermia” (elevated testicle temperature). This condition can easily occur if a man sits with a laptop in his lap for hours at a time. Scrotal hyperthermia has been shown to negatively impact sperm quality and to cause decreased fertility.
Can’t Give up his Cell Phone & Laptop?
Of course, your husband is likely to balk at the notion of having to give up his cell phone or laptop. His livelihood as well as his lifestyle simply may not allow for it.
There are precautions he can take, such as using the speaker option on his phone, or not using the laptop on his lap. But a much simpler—and safer—way is to use EMF protection products that provide protection from wireless radiation.
It’s worth it to try EMF protection, if you can’t get pregnant. Why take the chance of weakening your husband’s sperm? And besides, in the process, he’ll be protected from a number of other health hazards linked to radiation exposure, as well.