In May, the World Health Organization (WHO) warned that long-term use of mobile phones might cause cancer. The decision to make that announcement came after years of research and countless studies were reviewed and found inconclusive. Now, reports are beginning to surface that there may be another side effect of prolonged use of mobile phones: male infertility.
Recent studies conducted by Queen’s University in Canada have found that mobile phone usage appears to increase the level of testosterone in its user. It also may lead to what it phrased as “low sperm quality and a decrease in fertility.” Other similar studies have found that sperm counts in men who frequently use mobile phones may drop as much as 30 percent.
So, what steps can you take to avoid mobile phone radiation?
- Limit your use to important calls.
- Use speakerphone instead of holding the phone to your ear when possible. If you’re in a quiet, private place, there is no harm in putting the phone down in close proximity and speaking that way.
- Wait until the call connects before putting the phone up to your ear. This is important because the phone uses a lot more power to grab a good signal from the tower as it begins to initiate the call.
- Put your phone in a shoulder bag instead of your pocket when possible.
- Make sure you have a good signal before placing a call. When the signal indicator indicates a poor connection, your phone is actively adjusting its transmitting power in order to establish a solid connection.
- Choose a phone with a low SAR (Specific Absorption Rate). This is a measurement used to determine the amount of energy absorption which you can experience during use.
- Text when you can. If you can get away with sending a quick text to someone instead of a full-on phone call, you might save more than a few minutes.
- Connect to Wi-Fi when you can. By sending data requests through Wi-Fi instead of the cell network, your phone will have an easier time making a connection and receiving your latest email and updates.
With mobile phones becoming our primary mode of communication and source of information, there is no question we’re becoming more and more connected to our devices. Until science catches up to the technology and gives firm answers on exactly what influence they have on our health, it’s never a bad idea to make at least a couple minor adjustments to our usage habits, just in case.
Here is some response from our community to this subject:
Adam Eivy – Not saying radiation is good, but mobile phone radiation is electromagnetic radiation, which is the same low level radiation your car stereo puts out when you listen to the radio. — granted, you usually don’t put your ear directly to the antenna 🙂
Travis Fields – When I was in the Air Force, we were warned to stay well away from HF transmitters when they were operating…they emit microwaves that can literally cook you. I can’t imagine cell phones are 100% harmless.