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In a recent study published in the December issue of Fertility and Sterility, researchers explored the relationship between mobile phone exposure and semen parameters in young men. Led by Dr. Rita Rahban from the Swiss Centre for Applied Human Toxicology at the University of Geneva, the study aimed to provide insights into the potential impact of mobile phone use on male reproductive health.
The analysis involved 2,886 men aged 18 to 22 recruited during military conscription from 2005 to 2018. Researchers specifically investigated the association between the frequency of mobile phone use and various semen parameters.
The study revealed a noteworthy correlation between higher mobile phone use and lower sperm concentration in young men. Those who reported using their mobile phones more than 20 times per day exhibited a lower sperm concentration and total sperm count. The adjusted models indicated a 30% and 21% increased risk for sperm concentration and total sperm count, respectively, falling below the World Health Organization reference values for fertile men.
Researchers observed a time trend in the association, noting a gradual decrease in the relationship between mobile phone use and sperm parameters over the study period (2005 to 2018). This temporal pattern was attributed to advancements in mobile phone technologies and a corresponding decrease in mobile phone output power.
No Consistent Associations:
Interestingly, the study found no consistent associations between mobile phone use and sperm motility or sperm morphology. Additionally, keeping a mobile phone in the pants pocket was not linked to lower semen parameters.
While the study highlights a potential connection between high mobile phone use and lower sperm counts in young men, it emphasizes the evolving nature of technology and its impact on reproductive health. The observed time trend suggests a need for continued research to understand the long-term implications and to adapt guidelines as technology advances.
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