George M Grunert MD, Reproductive Endocrinologist, HFS IVF Program Director

Sperm counts drop out near laptops using WiFi

Sperm counts drop out near laptops using WiFi

Ejaculated sperm has been shown to be significantly damaged by prolonged exposure to a WiFi connected laptop. A study, published in the journal Fertility and Sterility, found that after four hours of exposure there was a significant decrease in sperm motility and an increase in sperm DNA fragmentation.

'Our data suggest that the use of a laptop computer wirelessly connected to the Internet and positioned near the male reproductive organs may decrease human sperm quality', said lead researcher Dr Conrado Avendaño, from Argentina's Nascentis Centre for Reproductive Medicine. 'At present we do not know whether this effect is induced by all laptop computers connected by WiFi to the Internet or what use conditions heighten this effect'.

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