Posted by Admin on Mar 07, 2016
It is probably the last thing on your mind. What am I talking about? Why, your sperm count of course. Or your significant other’s sperm count.
If you're not currently attempting to make an adorable little addition to your family, then you have probably never considered what your cell phone might be doing to decrease the chances of conceiving a child down the road. If you're a male, you need to know that there're medical reports flying around pointing to that little device that you carry around with you everywhere (let me guess, it is in your pants pocket right now?), claiming that it may be cooking your sperms!
While this seems to be like the plot of a bad romantic comedy, there are those who believe this to be an all too plausible theory. I myself have heard the warnings long ago to to men: "Don't keep your cell phone in your pocket or attached to your belt!". However, we all know that internet is full of fictitious and outrageous claims, many of which have been proven to be false. So out of my own personal curiosity, I decided to dig a little deeper into this idea to determine whether it is plausible and you should rethink where you're storing your cell phone when it is not in your hands or up to your ear. Or whether this is just another urban legend designed to scare you a little or make you laugh a lot.
I've heard a variety of versions of this warning. Some people think that cell phone signals are reducing men's sperm counts while others believe that it is eliminating sperm all together – literally cooking them inside of you. Neither idea is particularly pleasant to consider.
A brief search via the internet will give you an assortment of headlines, including:
Cell Phone Radiation Damages Sperm.
• How Your Cell Phone Might be Hurting Your Sperm.
• Mobile Phones are “Cooking” Men’s Sperm.
• Cell Phones May Reduce Sperm Quality.
And this is just a few of the many articles out there on the subject. The theory seems to be that while your cell phone doesn't put off enough radiation to negatively affect most people, it does put out enough that when it is located on the hip region or within a man's jeans pocket, it can begin to have a negative impact on your delicate sperm.
While I wanted to laugh this off as another internet joke, I found myself wondering if it was worth the risk. Before even beginning to look for legitimate science behind the claim, I already began to try to remember where my husband stores his cell phone and to make a note that he should probably never ever EVER put it in his pants pocket.
But enough of my own anxiety, let us look at the scientific side of the equation!
According to ewg.org (an environmental group hoping to encourage the world to live a little healthier), there have been studies proving that cell phones seem to have an impact on sperm count.
"Collectively, the research indicates that exposure to cell phone radiation may lead to decreases in sperm count, sperm motility and vitality, as well as increases in indicators of sperm damage such as higher levels of reactive oxygen species (chemically reactive molecules containing oxygen), oxidative stress, DNA damage and changes in sperm morphology…" (www.ewg.org)
This seems to be the case for men who use Bluetooth headsets and keep their phone on a belt clip or nestled in their pants pocket.
Although, WebMD shows a bit of a conflict in regards to the studies (I would take it with a grain of salt considering how heavily commercialized WebMD has become lately):
" In a study led by researchers from The Cleveland Clinic, men who used their cell phones the most had poorer sperm quality than those who used them the least.
The lowest average sperm counts seemed to be in men who had the most cell phone use (more than four hours a day); those who didn't use cell phones seemed to have the highest. Although the sperm count appears to go down with increasing cell phone use, the difference in numbers wasn't significant.
The findings do not prove a link between cell phone use and semen quality, researcher Ashok Agarwal, PhD, tells WebMD." (www.webmd.com)
So while cell phones do seem to have some effect on sperm count and quality, scientists and doctors don't seem ready to make a definitive statement on the matter (or so it seems).
Have studies been done with conclusions that seem to link reduced sperm count and quality to cell phone use? Yes. But so far, no one is willing to state that there is a definitive answer on the subject. In the end, it is really going to come down to personal preference.
If you're not concerned with starting a family, or you have already completed your family, then it would appear that you have got nothing to worry about and you can continue to use that cell phone belt clip all you want (provided the next medical report does not show cause of damage to another organ in that area)!
But if you're looking forward to starting a family one day, or if you're actively trying to start a family, you might consider keeping your cell phone away from your private region, just in case that it is decreasing your chances of having a baby.
After researching, I cannot definitively say whether or not I believe that cell phones are guilty of cooking men's sperm, but I can say that it is not something I would personally risk. I love my cell phone as much as anyone else (it has provided me countless hours of entertainment and has been a lifesaver at times of need) but as someone currently trying to expand their family, I have to say that I'm going to recommend my husband keep his cell phone above his waist at all times!
If you're going to use a Bluetooth headset, I recommend keeping your cell phone somewhere other than in your pants pocket or on a belt clip. If you have got a jacket on, consider putting it in your inner breast pocket. Your future children might thank you. Now the next time you slip your cell phone in your pant pocket, will you be thinking about what your cell phone could be doing to your sperm count? Let us know your thoughts by commenting below. Thanks!