We’ve heard all kinds of reports about how cell phones might be causing tumors, but a recent study is now suggesting that your mobile phone could be killing your sperm too. So much for another generation of mobile phone geeks?
A research team from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario has teamed up with scientists from the Medical University of Graz in Austria. In their study, they found that cell phone use is linked to lower sperm quality and a decrease in fertility. Ironically, cell phone usage seems to also increase the overall level of testosterone in the body. And ya, it’s killing bees too.
“Our findings were a little bit puzzling,” says Rany Shamloul, a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology at Queen’s University in Canada and a co-author of the study. “We were expecting to find different results, but the results we did find suggest that there could be some intriguing mechanisms at work.”
So, your Android and iPhones could be making you puff out your chest, but your little soldiers are getting injured as a result. And it’s not like you’re producing too many reinforcements either. While there is more circulating testosterone, there is a lower level of luteinizing hormone. LH plays a big role in the reproductive system. The lesson for today is, if you have any plans to reproduce, it may be a good idea to limit your cell phone use and perhaps not keep it so close to the family jewels.