HR Strange But True!
July 16, 2004

Hey, guys, toting that cell phone may not be so cool after all. A team of Hungarian scientists reports, based on its research, that carrying a phone in your hip pocket or in a holster on the waist could cut sperm count by nearly 30 percent.

"The prolonged use of cell phones may have a negative effect on (sperm production) and male fertility," Dr. Imre Fejes, of the department of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Szeged said in a summary of the study.

But fertility experts counter that other factors may come into play. Professor Hans Evers, a past president of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology, called the results "interesting but far from conclusive." He said they apparently don't "take into account the many potential confounding factors that could have skewed the results," like stress levels, the type of jobs held by the study's subjects, and whether they smoked.

Fejes himself said more research is needed to support his team's findings.

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