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Posted on Thu, Dec 1, 2011 : 1 p.m.

Do laptops connected to Wi-Fi hurt male fertility?

By Cindy Heflin

Men who use laptops with a wireless Internet connection, at least those who work with the computers on their laps, may want to pay attention to a new fertility study.

The study, conducted by researchers in the United States and Argentina, found that sperm placed just more than an inch under a laptop with a wireless connection suffered DNA damage and mobility problems, Mashable reported.

After four hours under the laptop, 25 percent of the sperm samples were no longer mobile and nine percent showed DNA damage, the article said. Only 14 percent of the control samples placed away from the computer became immobile, and they showed little DNA damage.



Sat, Dec 3, 2011 : 4:39 a.m.

"sperm placed just more than an inch under a laptop with a wireless connection..." Okay - who are these people who are "placing sperm" where no sperm have gone before? I'm not interested in whether my laptop gets pregnant or not. My laptop says she can't get pregnant: I'll trust her word over some sperm-placing stranger's any time. But such experiments are funded by someone - so right now I'll get busy on coming up with other, less perverse experiments so I too can enjoy this kind of supplemental income.

Adriana Jones

Fri, Dec 2, 2011 : 9:48 p.m.

Could some of the problem be that most people site with a laptop on their laps when working on it? Maybe a laptop table could help, I just got a Lapeez to use when I'm working form home or traveling. Here's the product if you're interested <a href="" rel='nofollow'></a>. I'm just glad I'm a female so I don't have to deal with this sort of thing haha


Fri, Dec 2, 2011 : 3:10 p.m.

Wi Fi makes men want to spend more time on their computers which is what keeps their laps hot. Uh, lap tops that is.

Usual Suspect

Fri, Dec 2, 2011 : 2:27 a.m.

Fertility is not a concern anymore.


Thu, Dec 1, 2011 : 8:09 p.m.

I'm getting to too old to worry about it. Unless they say something about using my laptop causes Alzheimer's I'm not giving up my laptop. Of course I'll probably forget what my laptop is for if it causes Alzheimer's.

Billy Bob Schwartz

Thu, Dec 1, 2011 : 10:16 p.m.

Lol! Me, too. I think. Except that I forget..what is a laptop and why does it wifi??


Thu, Dec 1, 2011 : 7:38 p.m.

Sounds more like a heat issue than a wifi issue.

Ann English

Fri, Dec 2, 2011 : 11:43 p.m.

We've known for decades that high temperatures can decrease fertility in men; the Japanese use steam baths to decrease fertility. Then too, a news headline might read, &quot;Few Spring Babies Born,&quot; due to summer heat the year before.


Fri, Dec 2, 2011 : 3:08 p.m.

It is. I heard and read that study last year. The heat of the lap top makes those, um, swimmers slow to a crawl and/or reduces their numbers. I have no idea nor do I want to know.


Thu, Dec 1, 2011 : 6:37 p.m.

No wonder rich people don't have many kids. Laptop?!?! Fancy!