Monday, August 17, 2009

The effects of cell phones on male fertility / Cellphones damage sperm cells / 25% city couples infertile

Cell phone radiation damages human sperm
Last month, Martine Hours, the chief science advisor to the French RF research program, called for serious studies on the effects of cell phones on male fertility.

Now, Australia's John Aitken is saying the issue "deserves our immediate attention."

In a new study, Aitken has reported that cell phone radiation damages human sperm -- as well as DNA.

Cell phone use and radiation has now been shown
to harm sperm in five different countries, including
by two different groups in the United States, one of
which is at the Cleveland Clinic.

Aitken's message is simple: Men who want to have
children should not to keep active mobile phones in their trouser pockets.

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Study: Cellphones damage sperm cells
By Zafrir Rinat
A leading fertility researcher warns men to keep their mobile phones out of their pants pockets if they want to have children.

John Aitken of the University of Newcastle in Australia says in a study published this week that cellular phones in men's pants pockets damage sperm cells and their DNA.
Unlike previous studies that tested the effect of radiation on laboratory animals, Aitken's research group examined what happens to human sperm after 16 hours of exposure to mobile phone radiation. The study's findings have been published in the journal Public Library of Science.

The study finds that a number of sperm-cell functions such as vitality motility were damaged following exposure. The DNA was also harmed. The researchers note that damage to sperm-cell function, not necessarily caused by radiation, is one of the main reasons that one out of 20 men in the world today suffer fertility problems.

Aitken, director of the Australian Research Council's Center of Excellence in Biotechnology and Development, says the DNA damage may not have been caused by the radiation directly. Exposure to radiation causes electrons to leak from one part of a sperm cell to other parts, leading to oxidation processes that harm the DNA. The DNA damage affects other sperm-cell functions.

Microwave News, a leading Web site covering health and safety issues related to exposure to electromagnetic radiation, says the current study confirms Aitken's study from 2005, which established a relationship between the use of mobile phones and reduced fertility among men.

"After 16 hours exposure, there was clear evidence of DNA damage," Aitken is quoted in Microwave News from an address at a fertility conference in Brisbane last fall

25% city couples infertile: Survey Jhimli

KOLKATA: For city couples planning to start a family, here's some bad news. The 2008-09 study of the Federation of Obstetric and Gynaecological Societies of India (Fogsi) says that about 20-25% of the city's married couples are infertile.

In other words, if you haven't conceived even after trying for two years or more, it's time to immediately visit a gynaecologist. Preferably, the doctor should be one who specialises in infertility treatment as well. Chances are that you are suffering from infertility and will conceive only through clinical help.

The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) recently conducted a nationwide study on infertility and places the percentage at 15-18. However, city gynaecologists say this was relevant about five years ago. Thereafter, the situation has turned even more grave. It's another matter that as there is heightened awareness about infertility now,

a large number of couples are seeking medical attention, which explains the high percentage.

The situation is alarming, city gynaecs sum up and blame it on the paradigm shift that society and life in general have undergone over the past decade. "Ten years ago, not more than 10% couples were diagnosed with infertility. Today, at least 50% patients who come to gynaecologists for consultation are suffering from infertility-related problems. The 2008-09 Fogsi study is based on a study of all married couples who consulted gynaecs over the year. The study, which concluded in March, arrived at a figure of 20-25%," said V K Poddar, Fogsi's chairman of reproductive endocrinology.

Contrary to popular belief that a woman is infertile if she fails to conceive, doctors say there has been a sharp rise in male infertility. Baidyanath Chakraborty, one of the most respected names in the country today in treating infertility, says, "In at least 40% cases, it is the husband/male partner who is infertile. We are studying the reasons behind this sizeable rise in male infertility percentage. We have come to the conclusion that 70% infertile men suffer from erectile dysfunction while 20% have ejaculatory dysfunction. The remaining 10% suffer from psychological reasons." In 35% cases, it is the woman who is infertile and needs attention, while in the remaining cases both the male and female partners have problems.

"I would say that modern lifestyle is not conducive to a couple conceiving naturally. Gorging on junk food, smoking, drinking indiscriminate and unmanageable stress are leading to conditions like polycystic ovaries, ovulation disorder and related hormonal imbalance," said gynaecologist Sanjib Mukherjee, who was also the president of the Bengal chapter of Fogsi till recently.

Some doctors like to blame the rising air and water pollution for the growing male infertility.

"The fact that a large number of men are unable to impregnate women is because of poor quality sperm or low sperm count. Excessive chlorine and arsenic in potable water, smoking and breathing in air that is as bad as smoking 40 cigarettes a day affect sperm quality," said Sajal Dutta, president of the Bengal chapter of Fogsi.

Doctors say the stress levels of women are so high today that they miss their periods for months and it is also seen that they lose the capability to ovulate every month.