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Study: cell phones diminish male fertility
LONDON, Oct. 24 (UPI) -- While it has long been acknowledged that the
props of modern life can be detrimental to one's emotional health, it
emerged this week that two commonplace additions -- anti-depressants
and the cell phone -- appear to negatively impact male fertility.
A study conducted by Ohio's Cleveland Clinic found that the sperm
counts of heavy mobile-phone users -- defined as four hours a day or
more -- were 40 percent lower than those who used cell phones
infrequently or not at all.
The research examined 361 men who were about to begin fertility
treatment and were having their sperm analyzed for that purpose.
In addition to having lower sperm counts, the researchers found, the
quality of the sperm of heavy cell-phone users was also diminished. Men
who were moderate mobile-phone users also saw a loss is sperm count,
although the lowered levels were less dramatic.
Dr. Ashok Agarwal, who led the research, told The Times of London that
he believed the electromagnetic fields generated by cell phones were
responsible for the diminished sperm count.
"People use mobile phones without thinking twice what the consequences
may be," he said. "It is just like using a toothbrush, but mobiles
could be having a devastating effect on fertility."
However, other experts have dismissed the possibility of a cell phone,
which is operated at skull-height, affecting the production of sperm.
Anne Clark, of the Fertility Society of Australia, told the Herald Sun:
"It is a bit of a stretch, especially when you're talking about
electromagnetic forces traveling from the mobile to the scrotum."
Clark, instead, thinks that lifestyle factors associated with
mobile-phone use are behind the noted drop in sperm counts.
"Someone who is always glued to their phone is also more likely to be
someone in a high pressure office job, potentially a heavier drinker,
smoker and someone who's overweight.
"It's these guys that hang out in smoky bars, stressed and crunched up
on their scrotum talking on the phone."
At New York's Cornell Medical Center, meanwhile, scientists examining
two patients found a link between anti-depressants and reduced sperm
counts that begs further investigation.
When treating both men for infertility, the researchers found that
their low sperm counts recovered when not taking selective serotonin
reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) to counteract depression, and fell
accordingly when the treatment was resumed.
Peter Schlegel, who presented the research to the American Society for
Reproductive Medicine conference in New Orleans, where the cell-phone
research was also presented, said: "The patients had normal sperm
counts and motility before medication. On the medication they have
severe deterioration of both. The same patients going on and off
medication had the same pattern. It shows a strong association."
The small study group means that the link must be explored further
before being labeled concrete, but a clinical trial of 30 men has since
begun, and results are expected in the not-too-distant future.
Re: Study: cell phones diminish male fertility
> A study conducted by Ohio's Cleveland Clinic found that the sperm
> counts of heavy mobile-phone users -- defined as four hours a day or
> more -- were 40 percent lower than those who used cell phones
> infrequently or not at all.
Stupid idiots! Of COURSE they have lower sperm counts! Heavy cellphone
users are TALKIN' ON THE PHONE instead of JERKIN' OFF!
Wonder how much THAT study cost the taxpayers who need their roads paved?
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Re: Study: cell phones diminish male fertility
> Stupid idiots! Of COURSE they have lower sperm counts! Heavy cellphone
> users are TALKIN' ON THE PHONE instead of JERKIN' OFF!
> Wonder how much THAT study cost the taxpayers who need their roads paved?
Heh. I'm not worried about it. I lived in Ohio for over 30 years - the
roads are great, among the best in the nation.
Personally, I'd bet they re-purposed the money from the schools.
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