Mobiles adversely affect sperm

Mobile phones may be the most popular item in a man’s life, but they could prevent him from having children.   The problem is that too many men wear their phones in their jeans pocket, right by their sexual organs and research has shown that this is having an adverse effect on sperm. Women may also be at risk too, but are more likely to carry a phone in their handbags.

Italian scientists reviewed research (published in the Journal of Andrology)  into the effect of mobile (cell) phone radiation on sperm and found evidence of damage to sperm. They found decreased concentration, slower  and damaged sperm.   Sperm is constantly under attack from our environment,  including traffic pollution and everyday chemicals, – chemicals in supermarket packaging are believed to have a detrimental effect too.

Although frequently viewed as a female issue, 26 per cent of infertility cases are due to male infertility. In the last 60 years sperm counts have plummeted to between 50 and 60 million per millilitre, compared with more than 90 million in the 1940s and 50s.   See also Infertility affected by lifestyle?  A  Danish study found that one third of 19 year old males had semen counts of only 20 million per millilitre, below the World Health Organisation recommended minimum and increasing the risk of infertility.

A poster campaign to raise awareness to men is being launched in men’s toilets at motorways, in bars and restaurants. It is run by EM Radiation Research.  It has to be said that mobile phone experts refute the evidence, but that’s to be expected, and  is it too much to ask men to carry their phones elsewhere?

The Research

1. Turkish researchers subjected human sperm in lab dishes to one hour of cell phone EMF radiation. The exposure caused sperm abnormalities, including sperm that had problems attaching to eggs.

2. An American study involving 512 couples found that men from the countryside in Columbia had lower sperm counts – 53 million per millilitre – than those living in three US cities, LA -75m, Minneapolis – 69m and New York – 76m. Columbia’s proximity to intensive agricultural land prompted researchers to believe that the lower levels were due to the use of agricultural chemicals getting into the drinking water. They also found that other factors affecting men’s semen included smoking, recent illness and a history of sexually transmitted disease.

3. Italian research into the effects of traffic pollution on the quality of sperm in young to middle-aged men in Italy showed that 85 men who worked at motorway tollgates had significantly lower sperm movement than a group of men who didn’t work there

4.  A study of 200 taxi drivers in the US found that long hours at the wheel also pushed down the sperm count and the number of normal sperm. Researchers believed that urban driving and air pollution affected hormonal function and that heat generated by prolonged sitting could impair sperm quality.

Featured products
B-Daddy Male Fertility B-Daddy 60  capsules £26.96
Fertility Plus for Men NHAS 90 veg caps £25.49
Vitamen Zita West 90 capsules £18.05
Get 5% discount on these products with the promotion code: HSoul1 at

Infertility affected by lifestyle?

Lifestyle Changes And Therapies Boost Fertility

One in six couples in the UK seeks help when trying to have a baby.

  • One cycle of IVF treatment should be available on the NHS, but it can still be a geographical lottery with long waiting lists. Some couples give up and pay thousands of pounds for each attempt.


  • While the Labour government announced that IVF should be available for everyone, the chances are that the coalition cuts will affect provision.
  • IVF involves fertilising an egg from the woman with the sperm from her partner outside the body, and placing it back in the womb
  • Success rates in the UK are only 20 per cent.

Read Infertility is also a male issue

Natural successes  

However, there is increasing evidence to show that there are natural ways of improving chances of fertility including nutrition, lifestyle changes and complementary therapies.

When couples change their lifestyle before trying for a baby the results are much more promising.

  • Recent research at Surrey University found that couples who made lifestyle changes had an 80 per cent success rate.

The Foresight Programme

  • a wholefood diet;
  • giving up smoking;
  • cutting out caffeine, sugar and alcohol;
  • checking both partners for genitourinary infections and parasites;
  • testing to discover allergies and vitamin and mineral deficiencies;
  • hair tests to find out levels of toxic metals, such as lead and mercury.

Caution with tampons

The programme also suggests the use of organic tampons and sanitary towels, although it is recommended that tampons are used as little as possible as they dry out the vagina and make it more prone to infection.


Depending on what deficiencies there are both men and women are put on a supplement programme, which usually includes: Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Vitamin A, selenium, folic acid, zinc, essential fatty acids and some amino acids.

Cleansing programme

If someone has a high concentration of heavy metals in their body a cleansing programme consisting of Vitamin C, garlic supplements, Vitamin B1 and B12 is prescribed.

Mobile phones and electro-magnetic stress

Foresight suggests couples should not carry a mobile phone next to their bodies and they suggest moving electrical goods away from where they sleep to avoid electro-magnetic stress.

Geopathic stress

They also suggest checking for G eopathic Stress – radiation which comes up from underground streams – which can adversely affect fertility.

CASE STUDY: Following a natural lifestyle

A Surrey couple had a daughter of two when they decided to try to have another child. The mother was 38 at the time and had not only having problems conceiving for three years, but when she had succeeded in getting pregnant she miscarried.

‘My GP told me that there was nothing clinically wrong. I had a already had a baby and it would be fine. Even when I saw a gynaecologist I was told, “There there don’t worry. It’s just because you’re tense.” I was sure that something wasn’t quite right and I wanted to find out what it was.’

She had heard of Foresight, a charity which promotes natural preconceptual care and she contacted one of their practitioners. The Foresight programme advocates a wholefood diet, giving up smoking and alcohol, and getting both partners tested for genitourinary infections, as well as testing them for allergies, vitamin and mineral levels and toxic metals.

‘The doctor sent me off for smear tests which I had not been able to get on the NHS. It turned out that I had some pre-cancerous cells and these had to be removed with laser treatment. She tested me with a vega machine which uses electrical conductivity on the acupressure points. It indicated that my vitamin and mineral levels were extremely low and that I was allergic to dairy products and yeast. I also had the fungal infection candida and this accounted for why I felt so tired all the time.

‘I went on a sugar-free diet and wholefood diet, and cut out everything I was allergic to. I also took acidophilus to counteract the candida, multiminerals, a Vitamin B complex and many other supplements and herbs. ‘I had to wait six months before I could try to conceive again to heal the area which had been given laser treatment and to get my system in top condition. Once the six months was over I got pregnant straightaway and had a healthy baby boy.’

Foresight is a pre-conceptual care charity which provides a programme of lifestyle changes to help couples have a baby. For details of the Foresight programme and practitioners contact: Foresight Preconception, 01243 868180,, or send a 15 x 21cm s.a.e. with 35p stamp to 178 Hawthorn Road, West Bognor, West Sussex, PO 21 2UY.

Featured Products
Vitafem Zita West 90 veg capsules £19.50
Fertility for Women Viridian Nutrition 60 veg caps £12.25
Fertility Plus for Women Natural Health Practice 60 veg caps £25.97
***Please click here to purchase from the Nutri Centre***