The belief among the health community is that the radiation from your cell phone can affect your brain, cause cancer and have an adverse effect on your health. Does this also extend to your fertility?
We are practically surrounded by objects emitting low doses of EMR (Electromagnetic Radiation), such as our microwave ovens and laptops. None of these are quite as frequently and widely used as cell phones. Scientists have conducted several studies to determine how this could affect our health.
Never before have we made such extensive use of electronic devices. It is hard to tell how their use would affect fertility in the long run.
Some studies suggest that exposure to even low doses of radiation could disrupt the hypothalamic, pituitary, thyroid and testicular axis, affecting sperm production. In women, the hypothalamus and ovaries could be affected and their functioning disrupted due to EMR, causing fertility challenges. If you are of the cautious variety, it would be wise to limit your exposure to EMR.
While the effects of EMR on fertility are not as specific or easily prominent, its effects on pregnancy are a little more pronounced.
A few studies show that pregnant mothers who used mobile phones all though their pregnancy, gave birth to babies with behavioural problems such as hyperactivity, during childhood. There is no concrete evidence to support these findings. Call it lack of viable data or a conspiracy by telecommunication giants; you probably wouldn’t want to risk your pregnancy as well as the growth and development of your child.
All , it is advisable to limit your use of electronics. Maintain a good distance from your TV, do not stand around or directly in front of your microwave oven when it is in use. Most importantly, reduce mobile usage. Use earphones when on long calls, do not sleep with your cell phone near your body and most important of all, do not rest your cell phone on or near your belly when playing mobile games or when using your phone.
Prevention is better than cure, and this is an especially sound advice when you’re trying to conceive or are pregnant. It may be difficult, but with a little bit of practice, it’s not impossible to adopt practices that have long term benefits for you as well as your child. Do you agree?
If you have any doubts, concerns or want to share your experience with limiting usage of electronic devices during pregnancy, let us know in the comments!