Exposure to radio-frequency electromagnetic radiation (RF-EMR) reduces fertility rate in men

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Researchers from the University of Exeter, United kingdom has postulated that exposure to radio-frequency electromagnetic radiation (RF-EMR) may reduce fertility rate in men. This finding was published in the Journal of Environment International recently.

There has been growing concern on the causes of high level of infertility in men across the world; this new evidence of men putting cell phones in their trouser pockets possibly offers one explanation on the cause of infertility among men.
The study led by Dr. Fiona Mathews, senior lecturer in mammalian biology and program director for biosciences and animal behavior at Exeter embarked on a systematic review of 10 studies that had measured exposure to cell phone RF-EMR and had tested semen samples.

About 1500 semen samples results were gotten from a pooled data of men attending fertility clinics and research centers. The team analyzed three measures of sperm quality: motility, viability and concentration.
Sperm from control groups revealed about50-85% motility which fell by an average of 8% in samples where there had been exposure to cell phones, according to the researchers who further discovered similar effects for sperm viability. The results for sperm concentration however, were less clear.

She opines further that the findings highly linked exposure to radio-frequency electromagnetic radiation from carrying cell phones in trouser pockets has a negative effect on sperm quality, and that: “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.”

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The researchers observe that the results are consistent across various studies that tested the effects in the laboratory under controlled conditions (in vitro studies) and studies conducted on men in the general population (in vivo).
The team held that findings from future long-term studies, “using standardized levels and periods of exposure, ideally a randomized controlled trial in the general population, is needed to assess the importance of mobile phone exposure to public health.”








Medical News Today Adapted Media Release

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