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Planning a family: Avoid mobiles

Men who are trying to have children should limit their cell phone use as it may lead to low sperm quality and a decrease in fertility, according to the findings of a research conducted by Queen's University, Canada.

Men who are trying to have children should limit their cell phone use as it may lead to low sperm quality and a decrease in fertility, according to the findings of a research conducted by Queen’s University, Canada.

“The electromagnetic waves (EMW) emitted by cell phones may have a dual action on male hormone levels and fertility. EMW may increase the number of cells in the testes that produce testosterone; however, by lowering the levels of LH excreted by the pituitary gland, EMW may also block the conversion of this basic circulating type of testosterone to the more active, potent form of testosterone associated with sperm production and fertility,” a press release issued by the university said.

Commenting on the findings, Rany Shamloul, a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology and lead researcher on the project, said, “Our findings were a little bit puzzling. We were expecting to find different results, but the results we did find suggest that there could be some intriguing mechanisms at work.”

However, they added that more in-depth research is needed to determine the exact ways in which EMW affects male fertility.

This is not the first time that researchers have come out with such a report of adverse effects of mobile phone on humans.

Recently, the Council of Europe has warned that mobile phones have harmful effects on humans.

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