Cellphones, even when not in use, can reduce fertility in males by as much as 30 per cent, a recent study has revealed.

The latest warning comes after the World Health Organisation said cellphones could cause cancer.

Conducted in Canada by the Queen’s University, the study says that men with poor sperm quality and less sperm count could have been spending too much time on cell phones and were being harmed by the electromagnetic waves emitted by them.

“While cell phone use appears to increase the level of testosterone circulating in the body, it may also lead to low sperm quality in terms of motility and concentration thereby decreasing the chances of fertility,” said the survey.

Interestingly, the researchers believe that cell phones may cause damage while in stand-by mode too as they make regular transmissions to maintain contact with the nearest radio masts.

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