Cell phones and male infertility: a review of recent innovations in technology and consequences

Int Braz J Urol. Jul-Aug 2011;37(4):432-54. doi: 10.1590/s1677-55382011000400002.


Cell phones have become a vital part of everyday life. However, the health risks associated with their usage are often overlooked. Recently, evidence from several studies supports a growing claim that cell phone usage may have a detrimental effect on sperm parameters leading to decreased male fertility. Nonetheless, other studies showed no conclusive link between male infertility and cell phone usage. The ambiguity of such results is attributed to the lack of a centralized assay for measuring inflicted damage caused by cell phones. Study design, ethics, and reproducibility are all aspects which must be standardized before any conclusions can be made.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Cell Phone / instrumentation*
  • Humans
  • Infertility, Male / etiology*
  • Male
  • Semen / radiation effects*
  • Testis / radiation effects*