Do laptops reduce men's fertility?

wickerman

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There's some evidence that heat from laptops can interfere with sperm production, and now a new study links the electromagnetic radiation emitted by wi-fi-enabled laptops to sperm damage.


For the study - published in the journal Fertility and Sterility - researchers in Argentina obtained semen from 29 healthy men and measured sperm cells' swimming ability after being exposed to wi-fi radiation from an Internet-connected laptop.


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After four hours of exposure, one-quarter of the sperm were no longer swimming, Reuters reported. In comparison, 14 percent of sperm cells that had been kept at the same temperature but not exposed to wi-fi were no longer swimming. What's more, DNA damage was more common in the wi-fi sperm than in the "control" sperm.


The researchers offered a blunt assessment of their finding, writing in the study's conclusion that "We speculate that keeping a laptop connected wirelessly to the internet on the lap near the testes may result in decreased male fertility."

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