Could using WiFi laptops kill male sperm counts?

Could the act of using a laptop with WiFi enabled cause a man to lose his sperm count? That's the hypothesis that's suggested in study that's been posted in the new issue of the medical journal Fertility and Sterility. Reuters reports that the study, conducted by Argentinean scientists, claims that the electromagnetic radiation generated by a WiFi signal could kill off sperm in male semen.

The report claims that the scientists from the Nascentis Medicina Reproductiva in Cordoba used semen samples from 29 men. Those samples were placed under a laptop that was connected to the Internet via a WiFi signal for four hours. The study claims that when the semen samples were examined afterward, a quarter of the sperm inside were found to be no longer swimming. Another nine percent of the sperm showed signs of DNA damage, a increase of three times compared to sperm that were not placed under the WiFi laptop.

The report's final statement said, "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." Not everyone agrees, however. Dr. Robert Oates, the president of the Society for Male Reproduction and Urology, says, "This is not real-life biology, this is a completely artificial setting. It is scientifically interesting, but to me it doesn't have any human biological relevance."

Still, it's better to be safe than sorry. So the next time you men out there use your WiFi enabled device, make sure it's not nearby your ... well, you know.

Report a problem with article
Previous Story

Kinect sales total 114,000 units in Japan so far

Next Story

Evidence of solid sales for Windows Phone devices

53 Comments

Commenting is disabled on this article.

Not this **** again....

Every few months:

"Study proves that cheese causes cancer!"
"Study proves that using mobile phones creates brain tumors!"
"Study proves that using wi-fi lowers sperm count!"

You know what, everything causes everything. Moderation is the key here, anything in excess is bad and can cause a plethora of health issues... if you don't know this, you're an idiot. Certainly don't need another "study" to tell me something that is common sense...

CrimsonBetrayal said,
Not this **** again....

Every few months:

"Study proves that cheese causes cancer!"
"Study proves that using mobile phones creates brain tumors!"
"Study proves that using wi-fi lowers sperm count!"

You know what, everything causes everything. Moderation is the key here, anything in excess is bad and can cause a plethora of health issues... if you don't know this, you're an idiot. Certainly don't need another "study" to tell me something that is common sense...

Very true.

Never mind alcohol, drugs, radiation or whatever, even too much water can kill you.

I think scientist are bored. Cell phone usage can cause cancer, tho reports are not confirmed. Now this? What's next? Talking on your phone can give you cancer of the mouth?

And what if it is true? A man can produce more than enough sperm in his lifetime to have as many kids as he think he will need. In fact they can just go to a clinic and give on small amount that has millions of sperm and have it frozen and saved for the right girl.

The only notable harm electronic devices has caused to human, is their appetite to own as many gadgets as they can.

How about all the legal drugs that basically do what they are trying to claim laptops can do? Is anyone saying bad things about those drugs? NOOOOOOO!!!! So why waste time with this?

Who are these so-called scientists? Sounds like a bunch of idiots in white coats, locked up in a room doing nothing with way to much time on their hands. And even if they prove it true, how much harm is it really going to cause?

And how may man actually sit with a hot @$$ laptop just burning their britches?
Come on really? There has to be way better news than this.

I have had an e4200 under my desk for over a year and my wife and I just had a baby girl... I don't believe this article... lol

I wonder if this is why it took me a year to get my ex pregnant. Meanwhile every other jerkoff was doing it and didnt even want a kid.

Wifi has been around for how long? how many babies have been born?

I think if there were any real danger m,y microwaves we would know and they would be pulled off store shelves.

Nothing new... people were afraid to get near Microwave ovens when they were made cause of the risks to so many so called experts were shouting out but look whats happening - the earth's microwave population is booming and so is the human population. Maybe if this were true we need MORE WIFI around the world before we run out of room on this tiny planet. At least China is thinking ahead and trying to curb the population growth or it be even worse than it is now by at least 40%!

Wow, people still believe this crap? It's a well known fact that radiation produced by electronics is non-ionizing. No if's, and's, or but's.

Infrared, UV, and Microwave radiation would kill sperm count, just as much as it would kill a person. That's the only answer.

SirEvan said,

So no pointing that TV remote at your genitals huh?

heh, well that's short-wave infrared. Long-wave infrared would singe your nut sack. lulz

I'd be cautious about the sample size. Although the results are marginally outside error for the given size, there may be other factors involved in this result, with cherry picked data.

Good news for me. So never turn Wi-Fi off? Got it. I don't plan on having any kids My laptop from years ago may have saved me more than once and I didn't even know it.

Could it actually be the combination of no longer being in the body and being placed under a heat source such as a laptop perhaps which killed them ?

After all its why your nuts are outside your body so that the temperature can be easily regulated

Teebor said,
Could it actually be the combination of no longer being in the body and being placed under a heat source such as a laptop perhaps which killed them ?

After all its why your nuts are outside your body so that the temperature can be easily regulated

Interesting you should say that. While doing research in natural family planning, there are several reports of heat pouches, hot tubs and even the simple household hotwater bottle used to cup and heat the testis, each day helped reduce motility and lowered sperm counts, sometimes to less then 30 thousand sperm.
When you consider 20 million is considered normal and 5 million has a very poor chance pregnant conception without medical help. Typically, a woman has a better chance of getting inpregnated by a fully fertile man using condoms then someone who has a count as low as 1-2 million. As a contraception, heat initially seems to works very well.

However, besides the actual low sperm count that heat produces, abnormal sperm (morphed aka deformed/laten/lame sperm) is increased as well, sometimes as much as 80% - that is, and should be more of a concern then the low sperm count. Even more so when you're only working with a million sperm count at best.

Yeah, I was thinking along the lines of heat... I know our doctor (when we were trying ages ago) mentioned keeping the boys cool and free.

sagum said,

Interesting you should say that. While doing research in natural family planning, there are several reports of heat pouches, hot tubs and even the simple household hotwater bottle used to cup and heat the testis, each day helped reduce motility and lowered sperm counts, sometimes to less then 30 thousand sperm.
When you consider 20 million is considered normal and 5 million has a very poor chance pregnant conception without medical help. Typically, a woman has a better chance of getting inpregnated by a fully fertile man using condoms then someone who has a count as low as 1-2 million. As a contraception, heat initially seems to works very well.

However, besides the actual low sperm count that heat produces, abnormal sperm (morphed aka deformed/laten/lame sperm) is increased as well, sometimes as much as 80% - that is, and should be more of a concern then the low sperm count. Even more so when you're only working with a million sperm count at best.

First off, all it takes is one. Even if you release 5 sperms, as long as one is healthy enough to make the trip, pregnancy will happen. Also with other forms of ways to get pregnant, like invitro-fertilization, none of this really even matter and it is covered by most insurances.

If you are a couple or not, and you want to have a kid, low sperm count only makes it harder. Harder is not equal to impossible.

It may be harder to swim across an ocean, but it is not impossible.

EJocys said,
Probably another BS experiment. You don't have to turn ON Wi-Fi in order to cook eggs under the laptop.

Pretty much this, it is much more likely the heat from the laptop was the issue not the Wi-Fi.

I must be long gone then. I've kept my phone in my right pocket, every day, with Wi-Fi enabled, for what must be 5 - 6 years now.

Recursion said,
I must be long gone then. I've kept my phone in my right pocket, every day, with Wi-Fi enabled, for what must be 5 - 6 years now.

Go to your doctor and get yourself (your sperm) checked. It's always nice to know what is happening with organism. Make sure those guys are still alive.

david13lt said,

Go to your doctor and get yourself (your sperm) checked. It's always nice to know what is happening with organism. Make sure those guys are still alive.

It doesn't matter much, new sperm is generated daily.. more like secondly..

Thankfully (if true) the iPhone doesn't actually enable Wi-Fi until you activate it (by unlocking the screen) and then goes back to 3G when you lock the screen again.

Neobond said,
Thankfully (if true) the iPhone doesn't actually enable Wi-Fi until you activate it (by unlocking the screen) and then goes back to 3G when you lock the screen again.

You're safe until they say 3G does the same thing.

Mr Nom Nom's said,
Does does that mean a Wifi laptop is now a reliable contraceptive? lol

I assume this can be extended to other WiFi devices; that way I'd have a scientific reason to get my phone out mid-coitus.

Mr Nom Nom's said,
Does does that mean a Wifi laptop is now a reliable contraceptive? lol

If you and your partner have webcams, then it already is .