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.