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Mobile use increases risk of infertility in men

A recent research proposes that radiations from handsets may affect fertility in men as heavy users of mobile have markedly lower sperm count than normal.//

A study conducted on 361 infertility patients in the U.S. showed that with the increase in the daily mobile use by the man, there was a decrease in both the quantity and quality of his sperm. There was a 40% reduction in sperm count in men who used mobile for over 4 hours in a day when compared to those who never used a mobile at all. Less frequent use of mobile showed less reduction in the count.

The study carried out by Ashok Agarwal of the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio and his team found that sperm production is obstructed by the electromagnetic fields generated by mobile phone handsets.

Earlier studies in laboratory scale have shown that close and heavy exposure to this type of radiation harms sperms. However, this had not been proved in human so far.

"On the face of it, the findings seem pretty robust, but I can only assume that mobile phone use is some kind of surrogate for something else," said Allan Pacey, a senior lecturer in andrology at the University of Sheffield.

"If you are holding it up to your head to speak a lot, it makes no sense it is having a direct effect on your testes." Maybe people who use a phone for four hours a day spend more time sitting in cars, which could mean there's a heat issue. It could be they are more stressed, or more sedentary and sit about eating junk food getting fat. Those seem to be better explanations than a phone causing the damage at such a great distance."

Dr Agarwal, who presented the results today at the American Society for Reproductive Medicine conference in New Orleans, said, "They are worrying because of the huge extent of mobile phone use.

"Almost a billion people are using cell phones around the world and the number is growing in many countries at 20 to 30 per cent a year," he said.
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