Cell Phone Use Linked to Male Infertility
Hands-Free Calls May Expose Sperm to Radiation
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Do Ask, Do Tell
Sami David, MD, a New York City-based reproductive endocrinologist, tells
WebMD that he asks every male patient where they keep their cell phones and
whether they use a hands-free device.
"You want it to stay far away from the testicles," he says. "I
am more worried about the people that talk for three or four hours a day with
the cell phone in their pocket than those who talk for shorter
It's more than just cell phones. Other factors can affect male infertility,
he says. "Men should not place their laptop on their laps due to the heat
from the battery," he tells WebMD. "Jacuzzis, tub baths, toxins, and
fumes can all play a role in male infertility and should be discussed."
Given the mechanism proposed by the new study, David says that antioxidants
such as vitamins C and E may help reverse oxidative stress in sperm. He
suggests all his male patients take certain antioxidants even when their sperm
Joe Farren, the assistant vice president for public affairs at CTIA, a
wireless communications trade group, urges caution in interpreting the new
findings, as well as other studies on how wireless phone usage affects health.
"When you examine the weight of available scientific research that has been
published and peer-reviewed and listen to leading health organizations around
the world, you will find no association between wireless usage and adverse
health effects," he tells WebMD. "We believe science has to guide this