Cell Phone Ra­di­a­tion Af­fects fer­til­ity?

The ra­di­a­tion waves emit­ted from cell phones are non- ion­iz­ing and con­sid­ered as one of the most danger­ous forms of pol­lu­tion cre­ated by tech­nol­ogy. Th­ese in­vis­i­ble ra­di­a­tion waves cause sig­nif­i­cant dam­age to re­pro­duc­tive or­gans in hu­man be­ings

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To­day, cell phones have be­come an in­te­gral part of hu­man life. They are truly chang­ing our life by mak­ing ev­ery­thing con­ve­nient and time sav­ing. The cell phone that gives you reg­u­lar up­dates on news, sports and so­cial me­dia, un­for­tu­nately af­fects your fer­til­ity. Cell phones emit harm­ful ra­di­a­tion waves that af­fect sperm count and its qual­ity in men.

The ra­di­a­tion waves emit­ted from cell phones are non- ion­iz­ing and con­sid­ered as one of the most danger­ous forms of pol­lu­tion cre­ated by tech­nol­ogy. Th­ese in­vis­i­ble ra­di­a­tion waves cause sig­nif­i­cant dam­age to re­pro­duc­tive or­gans in hu­man be­ings. The long hour ex­po­sure to cell phones in front and back pocket of trousers im­pacts the health of testes and qual­ity of sperm in men. More­over, the close prox­im­ity of cell phones to men’s lower halves of the body di­rectly ex­poses it to Elec­tro­mag­netic ra­di­a­tion ad­versely af­fect­ing their sperm count.

Us­ing cell phone while in a mov­ing ve­hi­cle also causes sig­nif­i­cant im­pact of ra­di­a­tion as the hand­sets tries to main­tain sig­nals and data through­out the ride. Some in­ter­na­tional ex­perts are also stress­ing upon this con­cern in or­der to re­duce its im­pact.

Keep­ing the cell phone in front pocket for about 4 hours in a day also in­creases the count of im­ma­ture sperms. This can also dam­age the DNA in men im­pair­ing their fer­til­ity. As per the re­ports re­vealed

by Cleve­land Clinic Foun­da­tion of Ohio (the US), use of cell phones de­creases se­men qual­ity by re­duc­ing sperm count, motil­ity, vi­a­bil­ity and nor­mal mor­phol­ogy. More­over, it has been found by sev­eral re­searchers that 14 per­cent of couples of higher and mid­dle in­come group face prob­lems while con­ceiv­ing.

The in­ter­na­tional in­sti­tute of pop­u­la­tion sciences, Mum­bai in 2010 re­leased a stark study high­light­ing the fact that there had been a 30% in­crease in in­fer­til­ity rates in In­dia in a decadal time frame (2000-10). It also al­luded that 1 in 5 In­dian couples in their pro­duc­tive prime suf­fer in­fer­til­ity.

In ad­di­tion, the prox­im­ity to cell phones also af­fects brain ac­tiv­ity re­sult­ing in sleep dis­tur­bances, headache, and fa­tigue and de­crease in the pro­duc­tion of mela­tonin.

How to Re­duce the Im­pact

Cell phone habits play an im­por­tant role in con­ceiv­ing. That’s why couples plan­ning to con­ceive are ad­vised to limit the us­age of their cell phones as per their needs. Keep­ing the cell phone in back pocket in­stead of the front pocket or above the belt can also be con­sid­ered to re­duce its im­pact on the re­pro­duc­tive or­gans. Lim­it­ing the hours of cell phone us­age from each day keeps the mind and body healthy.

One has to keep in mind that it’s not about com­pletely cut­ting off from cel­lu­lar de­vices but about un­der­stand­ing and lim­it­ing its use on ev­ery­day ba­sis to have a healthy body. Only small changes like, just be­ing aware with where to store the cell phone, can have pos­i­tive ef­fects. Like­wise, as many of us carry our phone in pock­ets, a habit of keep­ing cell phones in bags in­stead can help in re­strict­ing the ex­po­sure of mo­bile phone ra­di­a­tion.

In-fact, con­tin­u­ous ex­po­sure to cell phone ra­di­a­tion is con­sid­ered to be very harm­ful for women try­ing to con­ceive. The long- term ex­po­sure and prox­im­ity to cel­lu­lar ra­di­a­tion leads to in­fer­til­ity in women as it af­fects the nor­mal ac­tiv­ity of ovaries. Doc­tors and ex­perts ad­vice preg­nant women to cut off their daily cell phone us­age habits in or­der to have a healthy baby. The ra­di­a­tion and elec­tro­mag­netic field gen­er­ated by cell phones are also known for af­fect­ing the growth of the foe­tus.

Over the past decade, Autism cases have grown up to 3 times in In­dia con­tribut­ing to 40% of Autism cases in the world. Per­sonal de­vices like cell phones, lap­tops, Wi-Fi, etc ad­versely af­fect the men­tal health of a child in its pre-term and neo-natal days.

Many telecom­mu­ni­ca­tion com­pa­nies have is­sued ad­vi­sory to their con­sumers to main­tain a min­i­mum dis­tance of 5mm be­tween their cell phone and body in or­der to re­duce the im­pact of ra­di­a­tion. Some com­pa­nies also sug­gest in­creas­ing this dis­tance to 30 mm to have a healthy men­tal and re­pro­duc­tive be­ing. Manas gan­guly (The author is Founder, Bright­sandz Clean Tech)

Over the past decade, Autism cases have grown up to 3 times in In­dia con­tribut­ing to 40% of Autism cases in the world. Per­sonal de­vices like cell phones, lap­tops, Wi-Fi, etc ad­versely af­fect the men­tal health of a child in its pre-term and neo-natal days

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