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The Effects of Wireless Devices on Male Reproductive Health: A Literature Overview

Sterling L, Harris LR, Carroll K

Kamali Noami Carroll

https://doi.org/10.1016/j.androl.2020.10.004

Revista Internacional de AndrologĂ­a

2021

Purpose The aim of this study was to summarize the evidence of radiofrequency electromagnetic radiation (RF-EMR) exposure from wireless devices on total motile sperm count (TMSC) and identify gaps in the literature that could help clarify this link. Materials and methods A literature search was conducted using PubMed/MEDLINE to find relevant studies examining the effects of EMR on male fertility, with a specific focus on TMSC, published from 2000 to 2019. R was used for data analyses. Results Motility was identified as the parameter linked to TMSC that was most negatively impacted by EMR exposure. Many gaps were found including geographic and lack of standardization with EMR factors such as exposure time and operating frequency. Conclusion The EMR emitted by wireless devices may negatively affect TMSC, which is one of the better predictors of achieving pregnancies and impairs male fertility. Our findings highlight the need for clinicians to explore wireless device usage to help guide treatment decisions in men or couples with subfertility concerns.

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