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Cell Phone Exposure Could Lead To Male Infertility

A team of researchers from the University of Exeter says cell phone exposure could lead to male infertility.
Posted at 3:03 PM, Jun 10, 2014

Attention all men trying to answer the call to fatherhood — you might want to get that cell phone out of your pants pocket, and quick. (Via Flickr / Kohei314)

"A new review of 10 earlier studies concludes that men who carry cell phones in their pockets may be lowering their fertility." (Via NBC)

Researchers at the University of Exeter say they found a strong association between the radiation from cell phones and male infertility.

The study's lead author said in a press release"This study strongly suggests that being exposed to radio-frequency electromagnetic radiation from carrying mobiles in trouser pockets negatively affects sperm quality. This could be particularly important for men already on the borderline of infertility, and further research is required to determine the full clinical implications for the general population."

HealthDay reports the researchers analyzed data from 10 different studies that looked at cell phone exposure's effects on male fertility.

According to University Herald, 50-85 percent of men who weren't exposed to cell phone radiation had sperm with a normal ability to move toward an egg. That number fell about 8 percent among men who were exposed to cell phones.

Science World Report says similar effects were seen in sperm viability. That's the number of sperm that were still alive. But it's unclear what effect cell phone radiation had on sperm concentration, or the number of sperm per unit of semen.

Because most of the world's adult population owns cell phones, the researchers say the potential role radiation exposure plays definitely needs to be studied further. So, does this mean we'll see the resurgence of the stylish cell phone belt clip? 

"I keep it right here, snug and secure."

"A cell phone belt clip?! No, Ron! Oh, my god!" 

"Yeah, I can't be seen with you." (Via NBC / "Parks and Recreation"

OK, maybe not. The study was published Monday in the journal Environment International.