WhyFi at school and home: Part 6
REDMAYNE REPORTS, 11 October 2017
Sperm, Ova and Fertility Researchers have expressed concern about effects on fertility from mobile phone and laptop exposure – especially from carrying a phone in a trouser pocket and from using a laptop on the lap. This sort of carriage and use is very common by students in schools and at tertiary institutions, as well as when relaxing at home.
Typical everyday exposures of animals in lab experiments have resulted not only in increased ROS/free radicals and damaged sperm, but sperm that ‘swim’ in circles, significant genetic damage, and reduced ability to fertilise an egg. (See the last post for info about what ROS/free radicals are)
Sperm are especially vulnerable to oxidative stress and DNA strand breaks can occur after only 8 to 16 hours’ exposure. Sperm are unable to self-repair during the time they are maturing, leaving only a very short time for the fertilized egg to make such repairs if fertilization takes place. Without repair, DNA mutation may be inherited possibly disrupting healthy development of the embryo. This and research looking at effects of microwaves on cells from human embryos suggest that it’s unwise to carry or use a phone (or laptop) near the abdomen when trying to get pregnant and during pregnancy.
There is far less research on effects of microwaves (WiFi or other) on women’s fertility, but some recent animal studies have found a severe reduction of ovarian follicles (cellular structures each containing an egg) in pre-pubertal animals whose mothers were exposed. NOTE – implies that if you use carry or use a transmitting device near the abdomen during pregnancy it could affect the fertility of your daughter.
One 1990’s study showed almost a 4-fold increased risk of endometriosis in women using video display terminals at work.
Many researchers have warned against carrying an active cellphone in a pocket, and against using a laptop on or against the abdomen and lap.
There are also noticeable health effects that approximately 3-5% of many populations experience. I’ll discuss these next time.
Note: Some of the studies I refer to above used WiFi exposures and others used mobile phone ones, so the pulse in some was different but the microwave frequencies were very similar.