Effects of mobile phone radiofrequency radiation on sperm quality

Zygote. 2022 Apr;30(2):159-168. doi: 10.1017/S096719942100037X. Epub 2021 Aug 13.


In the last decades, the universal use of mobile phones has contributed to radiofrequency electromagnetic radiation environmental pollution. The steady growth in mobile phone usage has raised concerns about the effects of phone radiation on male reproductive health. Epidemiological studies report a sharp decline in sperm counts in developing countries, and worldwide with c. 14% of couples having difficulties to conceive, many of which are attributed to a male infertility factor. Environment and lifestyle factors are known to contribute to male infertility. Exposure to heat, radiation, or radioactivity might induce damage to biological tissue organs, including the testis. Given the ubiquitous use of mobile phones, the potential adverse effects of the resulting environmental radiation needs to be elucidated further. It seems to be an apparent relationship between the increased exposure to mobile phone radiofrequency and sperm quality decline, but the evidence is not conclusive. Our review summarizes the evidence concerning the possible adverse effects of cell phone radiation on the male reproductive system, with a focus on sperm quality. Also, we critically analyze the effects of elevated testicular temperature and oxidative stress on male fertility and how these factors could interfere with the physiological activities of the testis.

Keywords: Male reproductive health; Medically assisted reproduction; Mobile phone; Radiofrequency electromagnetic radiation; Sperm quality.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Cell Phone*
  • Humans
  • Infertility, Male* / etiology
  • Male
  • Radio Waves / adverse effects
  • Spermatozoa / radiation effects
  • Testis