Low Sperm Count on the Rise
Sperm count in males has been steadily dropping for years. It’s estimated that currently nearly one in six couples in the US have trouble conceiving a baby—and about half of these are due to problems with sperm.
Researchers in the past have focused mainly on medical conditions, such as sperm duct defects, chromosome defects, and hormone imbalances. At some point, they began looking at possible environmental causes, such as tobacco, alcohol, medications (especially steroids and hormones), pesticides, heavy metal exposure, prolonged bicycling, and diet.
Recently, research has begun focusing on radiation from laptops and cell phones as possible causes for low sperm count.
Laptop Radiation and Infertility
In January 2012, a study was published in the medical journal, Fertility and Sterility, focusing on how radiation emitted from laptops impacts sperm health.
Dr. Conrado Avendano, heading a team of researchers in Argentina, reported that they took semen samples from 29 healthy, fertile men and measured sperm motility after a four hour period of exposure to WiFi radiation. (Motility refers to the percentage of sperm in a semen sample that are moving.)
Low Sperm Motility and DNA Damage
Sperm in the control group was kept at the same temperature, for the same amount of time, but were not exposed to WiFi. Results were as follows:
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 research team also compared radiation emissions in WiFi laptops to laptops without WiFi connection. Emissions from laptops without WiFi were negligible; those with WiFi were significantly higher.
Another Laptop-Fertility Danger
Previous studies on low sperm count have yielded similar results. They’ve also included studies 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.
Cell Phone Radiation and Infertility
Two other studies studying low sperm count and male infertility have recently come to light, these drawing a link between cell phone radiation and infertility in men. One study was conducted at the Queen’s University in Canada; the other at the Medical University of Graz, in Austria.
Both studies had similar results. Men who reported cell phone use had:
The researchers hypothesize that even though cell phone radiation appears to create higher levels of circulating testosterone, the radiation may also 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
A major health advocacy group, the Environmental Working Group (EWG), has recently released a report on potentially harmful effects of cell phone radiation on sperm. They reviewed the scientific literature to date and reported that ten studies had 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.
The report highlighted several results from the studies:
- Men who carried a cell phone on a belt and used it intensively during a five-day test period had a 19% drop in highly motile sperm from previous levels.
- Men who carried 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 who talked 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.
What about Bluetooth or Other Headsets?
Several studies have found that using a Bluetooth or another type of headset may actually make things worse. A man using one of these devices is likely to keep his cell phone in his pocket or on a belt; so that even though his head is not as exposed by the phone, his sperm are still being constantly exposed. (And, actually, in other studies on cell phones, it’s been found that brain tumors are more likely with a Bluetooth, simply because the exposure to the head is more prolonged—so it’s not a great idea to use one anyway.)
Radiation and Low Sperm Count
In looking at all the evidence for sperm damage caused by radiation, Dr. Joel Moskowitz, director of the Center for Family & Community Health in the School of Public Health at the University of California, summarizes:
“We have enough evidence to issue precautionary health warnings. The evidence for sperm damage is quite consistent across many studies.”
Protect Yourself from Cell Phone and
If you’re like most people today, there’s no way you can give up your cell phone or your laptop. You can take certain measures to avoid getting these devices too close to your body. Or you can simply get EMF protection for yourself and not have to worry.
EarthCalm offers the Quantum Cell for your cell phone, and either the Infinity for protection from your laptop at home (and all other devices programmed into your router)—or the Torus to put on your laptop when away from home. You get a 90-day, money-back guarantee. It’s certainly worth it, if you’re serious about wanting to protect your sperm from radiation.