Study: talk on your cell four hours a day and your sperm count may suffer

Seems as though Ashok Agarwal, director of the andrology lab at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, is working on a study that indicates that prolonged exposure to cellphone radiofrequency electromagnetic waves can lower a man's sperm count.And when that happens, fertility can be adverselely affected.

Seems as though Ashok Agarwal, director of the andrology lab at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, is working on a study that indicates that prolonged exposure to cellphone radiofrequency electromagnetic waves can lower a man's sperm count.

And when that happens, fertility can be adverselely affected.

Publishing in the journal Fertility and Sterility (gee there are journals about everything, no?) Agarwal and his co-researchers note they examined 361 men under 40.

Agarwal's team studied 361 men under 40 who were being evaluated for infertility; men whose personal or family history might explain a low count or other sperm abnormalities were excluded.

The researchers found a correlation between those who talked longest on their cell per day, and a drop in sperm count and quality.

Seems as though four hours a day is the tipping point. Longer than that, and, well, how should we put this? Those little fellers seem to have trouble swimming. Even an hour a day, and well, you know. Agarwal says a reason for this could be heat generated by the mobiles. Sperm production is sensitive to temperature.

Although Agarwal cautions this research is preliminary, it makes you wonder. If a guy talks to his sweetheart a couple of hours  during the day, and then drops by to see her most evenings, can "issues" arise?