‘Don’t put handset in your pocket or laptop on lap’

‘Don’t put handset in your pocket or laptop on lap’

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Men have been advised against putting their handsets in their pockets or placing laptops on their laps as  these could render them infertile.

According to a professor of Reproductive Endocrinology and Assisted Reproductive Technology,  Oladapo Ashiru, the cell phones generate micro-magnetic waves that create some micro-kinetic oxygen that alters the sperm DNA composition.

Speaking to The Nation, he said: “Heat in extreme amounts can damage the testes and decline semen quality. A recent study by Fertility and Sterility found that the heat created from laptops can affect sperm motility and cause DNA damage. Cell phone emissions can also cause sperm damage, so keep phones in the back pocket and put a fan under your laptop. It is true that the heat from a laptop can warm men’s scrotums, and it is also true that an increase in scrotal temperature – by more than one degree Celsius (1.8 degrees Fahrenheit) – can have damaging effects on sperm quality. Men can always circumvent any potential risk by putting the laptop on a desk. And in any event, if you are man with a fertility problem, it would be better to keep your laptop off your lap.”

Laptop and Phones
Laptop and Phones

Ashiru, who discovered and reported the follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) positive feedback mechanism in 1979, said the major causes of male infertility were defects in reproductive anatomy or physiology, such as a damaged vas deferens (the tube that carries sperm from the testes), disease (including sexually transmitted diseases), hormonal disorders and chemotherapy. “In addition to heat, environmental exposures to toxins and some chemicals can impair sperm production. So, men are advised to stay off chemicals like paints, heats and watch their diet to avoid infertility. Toxins, loads of iron lead to premature ageing,” Ashiru said.

Ashiru, also the Chief Medical Director of the MART Group of Health Services, Lagos said: “No matter where you live, there are constant toxins in the environment, the body produces its own toxin naturally by what we eat, so having toxins or pathogens in the body can lead to pre-eclampsia or miscarriage. Hence, it is good to go and detoxify. To clean up all the impurities acquired over the years in the system. That is a pre-conception process. This is recognised by the World Health Orgnisation (WHO) and Federation of International Gynaecologists and Obstetricians (FIGO). When these toxins are removed, fertility is enhanced. Patients that have undergone detoxification at the Mart Life Detox Clinic the first modern Mayr clinic in Africa come back to me and I see a brighter face, a brighter face is suggestive of good ovary.”

He said while it is good to watch diet and tendencies for people to go natural, especially on fruits and vegetables, there is need to exercise caution.

“Myth that fruits are good is one example. If fruits are taken in excess like smoothies, such alters the insulin metabolism and that leads to Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCO) in women and affects steroid-genesis in men at the level of sperm, causing erectile desire to be low. Alcohol and occupational hazard for people working in plastic industries, oil industries cause infertility in men.”

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