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Hang-ups With Cell Phones

Sunday, June 27, 2004
Bad news for male phone addicts; it turns out that cellphone in your pocket may be harmful to another very important type of cell - your sperm cell. Indeed, a new study shows that radiation from mobile phones may significantly diminish a man's fertility.

Mobile phones cut sperm count by up to 30%

MEN who regularly carry a mobile phone could have their sperm count reduced by as much as 30 per cent.

Those who place their phone near their groin, on a belt or in a pocket, are at greatest risk, new research has revealed.

The findings, to be presented at an international conference this week, are the first to suggest male fertility could be affected by the radiation emitted by mobile phones, also long suspected of causing cancer.

The study by Hungarian researchers found the sperm that did survive exposure to mobile phone radiation showed abnormal movements, further reducing fertility.

But Australian experts advised men not to panic yet.

While cell phones may be reducing sperm counts, they're also helping men get away with infidelity, so I suppose they're a mix blessing...