EMF: an infertility cause you should be aware of

Recent research shows that increased exposure to wireless radiation laptop, tablet, smartphone etc. is a negative factor contributing to the modern increase of male and female infertility. What other sources of radiation appear to negatively influence? How can you protect your genitals?

man holding laptop next to radiation meter

Large increase in infertility rates

Infertility is now taking big dimensions worlwide. 32% reduction in sperm concentration in semen was recorded in France from 1989 to 2005 [1] and 29% reduction in Britain only during the last decade [2]. It is estimated that one in five young men aged 18-25 years produces a low sperm count, and only 5-15% of these are considered normal based on classification by the World Health Organisation.

The large increase in infertility during recent years coincides with the corresponding increase of the population exposure to artificial electromagnetic radiation from mobile phones, wireless tablets and laptops, cell phone masts etc. and the connection is now confirmed by several studies in humans and animals.

There is a veritable flood of new studies reporting sperm damage in humans and animals, leading to substantial concerns for fertility, reproduction and health of the offspring (unrepaired de novo mutations in sperm). Exposure levels are similar to those resulting from wearing a cell phone on the belt, or in the pants pocket, or using a wireless laptop computer on the lap. BioInitiative Report 2012 [3]

Radiation and male infertility

  • Negative impact on the quantity and quality of sperm due to increased use of mobile phones has been shown in many studies in recent years (Wdowiak 2007 [5], La Vignera 2011 [6], Falzone 2011 [7], Erogul 2006 [8], De Iuliis 2009 [9], Agarwal 2008 [10], 2009 [11], Mailankot 2009 [12], Yan 2007 [13], Fejes 2005 [14], Aitken 2005 [15], etc.)
  • Reduced number and mobility of sperm, and increased percentage of sperm with poor morphology are usually proportional to the exposure. Eg Mobile phone use for more than four hours a day lowered the sperm count by 25% and of these only 20% were normal (Agarwal 2008 [16])
  • The conclusion of the research of De Iuliis (2009 [17]) was that: "radiation in both the power density and frequency range of mobile phones enhances mitochondrial reactive oxygen species generation by human spermatozoa, decreasing the motility and vitality of these cells while stimulating DNA base adduct formation and, ultimately DNA fragmentation. These findings have clear implications for the safety of extensive mobile phone use by males of reproductive age, potentially affecting both their fertility and the health and wellbeing of their offspring."

"In the past, we applied mi-crowaves for birth control. Today we make phone calls with it. Go figure." Dr. Huai Chiang, advisor to the World Health Organization in radiation issues, Medical School of Zhejiang China [18]

  • Mice exposed to radiation from cell phone masts showed abnormalities in sperm morphology at a rate 39-46%, while the control sample showed only 2% abnormalities (Otitoloju 2010 [19]).
  • Study on 2012 (Avendaño [20]) showed a significant reduction in mobility of sperm and DNA fragmentation of sperm men after the 4-hour use of laptop connected wirelessly to the Internet.
  • Study of radar users showed significantly decreased concentration and sperm motility, and increase of spermatozoa with poor morphology depending on the degree of exposure (Ye 2007 [21]).
  • In another study, after five generations of mice exposed to wireless radiation (from broadcasting antennas) recorded a progressive reduction in the number of newborns, which resulted in irreversible infertility (Magras & Xenos 1997 [22]).
  • Study on 2010 (Li [23]) showed that men exposed to magnetic fields> 160 nT for more than six hours a day (usual exposure for those living at a distance <5 meters of power cables) were 4-fold more likely to have problematic semen.
  • BioInitiative Report 2012 further notes that "Extremely low frequency EMF effects induced due to electric(E) blankets (…) have the potential for providing excessive body heating, which may have adverse effect on sperm (Van Demark and Free 1970), leading to adverse effect on the process of embryogenesis (Edwards et al 1974,Lacy et al 1981). This high temperature could also be teratogenic in humans too (Miller et al 1978, Fraser and Skelton 1978).It is obvious that either the heat or the electromagnetic fields produced by electric or bed heating might affect the fetus."[24]

cell phone in pocket warning campaign

Radiation and decreased testosterone - erectile dysfunction

  • In the World Assembly for Sexual Medicine in 2012, it was noted that men with erectile dysfunction are 2.6 times more likely to have mobile phones in the front pocket of their trousers. [25]
  • In a study of 2010 (Meo [26]) rats exposed to 60 minutes a day of cell phone radiation resulted in a significant decrease in testosterone. The researchers said the findings of the investigation that: "Long-term exposure to mobile phone radiation leads to reduction in serum testosterone levels. Testosterone is a primary male gender hormone and any change in the normal levels may be devastating for reproductive and general health.".
  • Other two surveys of 2010 (Salama [27], [28]) showed that mobile phones, even in standby mode affect the function and structure of the testes, and the ejaculatory frequency.
  • Qin 2014 showed that rats exposed to wireless radiation showed reduced sperm production and mobility, disorders of circadian rhythms, and reduced testosterone levels [29].
  • Study of 2009 (Zhang [30]) showed lesions in the testes by prolonged exposure to wireless radiation.
  • Study of 2007 (Farkhad 2007 [31]) also showed changes in testes and significantly reduced testosterone levels.

Radiation and female infertility

  • As noted by Dr Andrew Goldsworthy, former lecturer London Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine: "The Agarwal study [32] showed that men using their mobiles for more than 4 hours a day had the most sperm damage. (…) anyone living or working in an environment where other people are constantly using their mobiles may be taking a similar risk. (…) Women should also have cause for concern. Whereas sperm take only 3 months to produce and are made continually in their billions, all the eggs that a woman will ever have were in her ovaries before she was born and cannot be replaced. Unlike sperm, these are definitely not expendable.[33]
  • A 2009 study (Gul [34]) found that intrauterine exposure to wireless radiation had a toxic effect on the ovaries and concluded that microwaves of cell phones will be able to reduce the number of follicles in rats with several known and undoubtedly, countless unknown mechanisms.
  • Cell phone masts also appear to influence pregnancy rates. Research published by Augner found that people who lived less than 100 meters away from mobile phone antennas had higher levels of alpha-amylase enzyme in their saliva, which is an indication of increased stress levels. Newer research (Courtney Lynch) found that women with the highest levels of this enzyme in their saliva had 29% less chance of pregnancy compared with those with lower levels [35]. 

Though causal evidence of one or more mechanism(s) are not yet fully refined, it is generally accepted that oxidative stress and free radical action may be responsible for the recorded genotoxic effects of EMFs which may lead to impairments in fertility and reproduction. Free radical action and/or hydrolytic enzymes like DNAase induced by exposure to EMFs may constitute the biochemical actions leading to adverse changes in hormones essential in males and female reproduction, DNA damage, which in turn causes damage to sperm motility, viability, and sperm morphology. Such exposures are now common in men who use and who wear wireless devices on their body, or use wireless-mode laptop computers. It may also account for damage to ovarian cells and female fertility, and miscarriage in women (ELFEMF at 16 mG intermittent exposure). Bioinitiative Report 2012 [24]

 In case of pregnancy, are there effects to the fetus from artificial electromagnetic radiation?

Read our article: "Radiation: Risk for Pregnancy? Cause of autism?"..

How to determine how much radiation you receive each day

In recent years many scientific bodies have proposed new exposure limits to protect the public from artificial electromagnetic fields, based on new research showing that non-thermal radiation levels can lead to serious health effects.

various radiation sources

How to protect your genitals from artificial electromagnetic radiations

  • Dont put your cell phone in your pocket (or elsewhere near your genitals) even when speaking with hands free. This practice, is the focus of the information campaign "Save the Males", plays an important role in protecting the fertility on the basis of studies so far.
  • If you use a laptop, avoid putting it on your lap, because it exposes you to elevated electric and magnetic fields at low frequencies due to the battery cables and the electrical circuits, and high frequency electromagnetic fields due to Wi-Fi antennas. We recommended to use external wired keyboard and a laptop base, which elevates the screen at an ergonomically correct height of the head. Also prefer to operate the laptop only with the battery.
  • Turn off the wireless function of the laptop, tablet and mobile when you are not using the wireless internet. Their Wi-Fi antenna is transmitting even if you are not connected to the Internet!
  • If you do not want to disable the wifi antennas of smartphones, tablets or laptops we recommend that you use reflective / absorbing materials that various companies provide, to protect the genitals, eg Defenderpad (www.defenderpad.com ), Belly Armor ( www.bellyarmor.com ).

woman holding laptop wearing belly armor blanket

  • Replace the wireless connection to internet with a wired using a network (Ethernet) cable to connect the computer to the modem. Alternatively you can a powerline adaptor (Broadband over power lines (BPL) or power-line Internet): put a Powerline adapter into an outlet and connect it with the modem - the other Powerline adapters you put them in sockets of remote rooms where you want to Internet and you connect with them your pc or laptop.
  • Replace your cordless phone with wired one or at least any wireless phone with zero radiation in stand by mode (eg specific models Gigaset ECO DECT supporting function ECO +).
  • In case you do not replace the cordless phone and wireless Internet connection, we advise you to switch them off at least during the night (or during sleep hours in general) and place them in areas away from high use spots.

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Radiation and infertility - Related links

BioInitiative Report 2012, Electromagnetic Field Exposure Effects (ELF-EMF and RFR) on Fertility and reproduction

How Does Laptop Wi-Fi Affect Male Fertility?

Fertility and Wireless Devices

Cell Phone Use Linked to Male Infertility

Warning: Why You Should Avoid Using Your Laptop as Recommended

WiFi "Laptops" affect male fertility

Laptop Wi-Fi said to nuke sperm

Sperm vs Cell Phone (video)

BBC:Heavy mobile use 'damages sperm'

Mobilize (documentary that explores the potential long-term health effects from cell phone radiation, including cancer and infertility)

Male Infertility Linked to Cell Phone EMF Exposure

Radiation from cell phones linked to erectile dysfunction

Radiation from WiFi connections can reduce sperm activity in up to a quarter of men, study finds

Is cell phone radiation a risk factor for female infertility?


[1] The male sperm loses its strength - Research, http://www.econews.gr/2012/12/05/sperma-andras-spermatozoaria/

[2] Mobile Phones, Dementia, reproductive, neurological & cognitive effects, Alasdair & Jean Philips

[3] http://www.bioinitiative.org

[5] Evaluation of the effect of using mobile phones on male fertility, Wdowiak2007

[6] Effects of the exposure to mobile phones on male reproduction: a review of the literature. La Vignera, 2011

[7] The effect of pulsed 900-MHz GSM mobile phone radiation on the acrosome reaction, head morphometry and zona binding of human spermatozoa, Falzone 2011

[8] Effects of electromagnetic radiation from a cellular phone on human sperm motility: an in vitro study. Erogul 2006

[9] Mobile Phone Radiation Induces Reactive Oxygen Species Production and DNA Damage in Human Spermatozoa In Vitro, De Iuliis 2009

[10] Effect of cell phone usage on semen analysis in men attending infertility clinic: an observational study, Agarwal 2008

[11] Effects of radiofrequency electromagnetic waves (RF-EMW) from cellular phones on human ejaculated semen: an in vitro pilot study, Agarwal 2009

[12] Radio frequency electromagnetic radiation (RF-EMR) from GSM (0.9 / 1.8GHz) mobile phones induces oxidative stress and reduces sperm motility in rats, Mailankot 2009

[13] Effects of cellular phone emissions on sperm motility in rats, Yan 2007

[14] Is there a relationship between cell phone use and semen quality ?, Fejes 2005

[15] Impact of radio frequency electromagnetic radiation on DNA integrity in the male germline, Aitken 2005

[16] Effect of cell phone usage on semen analysis in men attending infertility clinic: an observational study, Agarwal 2008

[17] Mobile Phone Radiation Induces Reactive Oxygen Species Production and DNA Damage in Human Spermatozoa In Vitro, De Iuliis 2009

[18] Wolfgang Maes, Science - really ;, Conference 2006 «Building Biology - Architecture - Environmental Medicine»

[19] Preliminary study on the induction of sperm head abnormalities in mice, Mus musculus, exposed to radiofrequency radiations from global system for mobile communication base stations, Otitoloju 2010

[20] Use of laptop computers connected to internet through Wi-Fi decreases human sperm motility and increases sperm DNA fragmentation Avendaño 2012

[21] Radar radiation damages sperm quality, Ye 2007

[22] RF radiation-induced changes in the prenatal development of mice, Magras, Xenos 1997

[23] Exposure to magnetic fields and the risk of poor sperm quality, Li 2010

[24] BioInitiative 2012, Electromagnetic Field Exposure Effects (ELF-EMF and RFR) on Fertility and reproduction

[25] Fertility and Wireless Devices, http://www.electronicsilentspring.com/primers/fertility/fertility-wireless-devices/

[26] Effects of mobile phone radiation on serum testosterone in Wistar albino rats. Meo 2010

[27] Effects of exposure to a mobile phone on sexual behavior in adult male rabbit: an observational study, Salama 2010

[28] Effects of exposure to a mobile phone on testicular function and structure in adult rabbit, Salama 2010

[29] Circadian alterations of reproductive functional markers in male rats exposed to 1800 MHz radiofrequency, Qin 2014

[30] Study on testicle tissue of rats in extremely low frequency electromagnetic fields, Zhang 2009

[31] Effects of extremely low frequency electromagnetic fields on testes in guinea pig Farkhad 2007

[32] Effect of cell phone usage on semen analysis in men attending infertility clinic: an observational study, Agarwal 2008

[33] Mobile Phones, Dementia, reproductive, neurological & cognitive effects, Alasdair & Jean Philips

[34] The effects of microwave emitted by cellular phones on ovarian follicles in rats, Gul 2009

[35] Is Cell phone Radiation A risk Factor for Female Infertility; http://www.saferemr.com/2014/03/is-cell-phone-radiation-risk-factor-for.html

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