Wi-Fi and Sperm
Okay. So you look at the title of this blog and think…WI-Fi and Sperm….hmmm….must be another rock band. And given the names of current groups out there, I looked it up to make sure there isn’t one……at least not yet.
Wi-Fi and sperm means what you would think – internet and a guy’s little swimmers. According to Reuters Health, “Our data suggests that the use of a laptop computer wirelessly connected to the internet and positioned near the male reproductive organs may decrease quality.”
During a study, sperm samples were taken from healthy men and a few drops were placed under a laptop connected to the Internet via Wi-Fi. Several hours later, a quarter of the sperm were no longer swimming and nine percent showed DNA damage. The cause – they claim sperm damage is from electromagnetic radiation during wireless communication.
Another study found that radiation from cell phones creates feeble sperm. The word “feeble” produces a picture in my mind of tiny sperm with tiny walkers shuffling slowly to reach their destination. (Hey…it’s late and I’m tired – the mind takes off on its own.) Anyway…they have found that a man sitting with a laptop on his lap produces enough heat to damage his sperm.
It not an absolute – some scientists disagree and cite other factors (such as diet) to infertility in men. But just in case, guys, keep your computer off your laps and your cell phone in your jacket pocket. And ladies….don’t believe it when a guy says, “But honey, we don’t need protection…I had a laptop on my lap all day and my cell phone in my front pants pocket.”