Sperm count decreases due to mobile phones

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Men who carry their mobile phone in a trouser pocket or talk on it for just an hour a day risk suffering with fertility problems, scientists warn.Research shows that sperm count can also be reduced by talking on a phone that is charging, or even keeping it close by on a bedside table at night.The quality of sperm among men in Western countries is steadily decreasing, and is considered the factor in 40 per cent of cases in which couples have difficulty conceiving a child.

Professor Martha Dirnfeld, of the Technion University in Haifa, which carried out the study, said: “The sperm levels were down to a number that would make conception difficult. If you are trying for a baby and it doesn’t happen within a year you might want to think of whether it could be your mobile phone habit that is to blame.” The study concludes that men planning to conceive should turn off their devices while charging, or keep it at least 20 inches from the groin.

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