Effect of cell phone usage on semen analysis in men attending infertility clinic: an observational study

In this observational study we examined 361 men attending an infertility clinic from September 2004 to October 2005

Ashok Agarwal; Fnu Deepinder; Rakesh K. Sharma; Geetha Ranga; Jianbo Li

2007

Scholarcy highlights

  • Semen analysis in the four cell phone user groups showed a decrease in sperm count, motility, viability, and normal morphology with the increase in daily use of cell phone
  • There are over 700 million cell phone users in the world
  • Exposure of radiofrequency energy depends upon the frequency of the cellular phone
  • Analog phones operate at 450–900 MHz, digital phones at 850–1900 MHz, and third-generation phones at approximately 2000 MHz (
  • Infertility affects approximately 15% of couples of reproductive age, and with nearly half of these cases resulting from male factor infertility this area of research is of great interest to both physicians and research scientists (
  • For assessing exposure from transmitters located near the body, the most useful quantity is the specific absorption rate, the amount of radiofrequency energy absorbed from the phone into the local tissues
  • The present results are in accordance with these authors, we found that motility and sperm count, viability, and morphology are negatively affected by the use of cell phones

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