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Why men shouldn’t put their phones inside their pockets? Here’s the surprising reason.


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Do you have the habit of putting your cellphone inside your jeans' pocket? While placing it inside the pocket seems convenient, men may need to find another storage as doing so may harm their ability to conceive a baby.

A new review by a team of researchers at University of Newcastle in Australia suggests that placing phones close to a man’s genitals for a prolonged period of time may reduce a man’s sperm count. The study, which is a systemic review of 21 research papers on radiation, also indicates that the surviving sperm could be DNA-damaged.

 Why men shouldn’t put their phones inside their pockets?
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The authors wrote in the study: “While this subject remains a topic of active debate, this review has considered the growing body of evidence suggesting a possible role for RF-EMR [radiofrequency electromagnetic radiation] induced damage of the male germ line.”

“In a majority of studies, this damage has been characterized by loss of sperm motility and viability as well as the induction of ROS generation and DNA damage.”

The researchers found that there was a causal link between cellphone radiation and sperm damage, which is characterized by loss of sperm motility (8%) and viability (9%) as well as induction of DNA damage and ROS generation. The findings were found to be consistent across experimental laboratory

Although sperm count decline and cellphone radiation have been correlated, more research is necessary to establish the direct link between the two.

Cellphone radiation has been previously classified by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) under the World Health Organization (WHO) as a possible 2B carcinogen or possibly carcinogenic to humans in 2011.

Meanwhile, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention maintained that there is no scientific evidence that definitively answers whether cellphone usage causes cancer.

--Mini, The Summit Express

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