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.