Hey guys – are your wireless devices affecting your sperm?

There’s a very good chance they are.

And two recent studies, published this month, add to the already large body of research showing that wireless radiation does have harmful effects on sperm.

Study 1

Researchers from China interviewed more than 1400 men aged 22 to 45 about their use of wireless devices and analysed samples of their semen.

The results showed that the use of wireless devices was a factor in the men’s sperm health.

The researchers found that:

  • the more time men spent using electronic devices, the lower their sperm motility (movement);

  • the more time men spent using mobile phones and computers, the lower their sperm concentration and motility;

  • for each hour men spent talking on their mobile phones, there was an eight percent decrease in sperm concentration and a 12.7 percent decrease in sperm count;

  • men who used headsets during mobile phone calls had lower sperm motility.

Reductions in sperm concentration and motility reduce the chances of a couple achieving fertilisation.  

Study 2

Researchers from India 2 showed that wireless radiation could damage the testes and cause infertility in animals.

The researchers exposed two-week old male chickens to wireless radiation (2.45 GHz) for two hours a day for 30 days and examined the effects on their reproductive systems. They found that exposure:

  • reduced testicular weight and volume

  • reduced diameter of the seminiferous tubules (in which sperm are produced)

  • increased levels of oxidative stress (increase in free radicals)

  • increased levels of inflammation.

The researchers commented that the testes are particularly vulnerable to wireless radiation and that exposure may cause male infertility.

The results of these studies are in line with many that have been published in recent decades.

As early as 2012, the BioInitiative Report, compiled by a group of independent experts, concluded that, ‘Use of electronic household items and cell phones are reported to decrease fertility potential in men by decreasing sperm count, motility, viability, inducing pathological changes in sperm and testes morphology, and so on.’

1. Chen HG, Wu P, Sun B, et al. Association between electronic device usage and sperm quality parameters in healthy men screened as potential sperm donors. Environmental Pollution (Barking, Essex: 1987). 2022 Nov;312:120089. DOI: 10.1016/j.envpol.2022.120089. PMID: 36058315.

2. Vaibhav Gupta, Rashmi Srivastava, 2.45 GHz microwave radiation induced oxidative stress: Role of inflammatory cytokines in regulating male fertility through estrogen receptor alpha in Gallus gallus domesticus, Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications, Volume 629, 2022, Pages 61-70, ISSN 0006-291X, 

3. The Bioinitiative Report, www.BioInitiative.org.

What’s new?

Our new FM5 meter for measuring 5G radiation is now available.

This is the world’s first and only hand-held meter for measuring 5G millimetre waves that is both sensitive and affordable.

It measures radiofrequency (wireless) radiation from common sources as well as higher, millimetre 5G waves. You can see more here.

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