Ladies, tell your man to get that cellphone out of his pocket! Scientists may have discovered a link between cellphone usage and erectile dysfunction. Preliminary results published in the Central European Journal of Urology seem to indicate that men suffering from chronic ED spend a lot more time in contact with their switched-on mobile devices than those that don't have issues in that department.
And here you thought it was just too much Candy Crush killing the mood.
You don't have to completely freak out and toss your cell out the window -- yet. The study was small, and more research is needed before any definitive conclusions can be reached.
But still, the correlation between cellphones and ED is kind of freaky. Researchers observed 30 men, 20 who suffered from erectile dysfunction for at least six months, and 10 who had no such complaints. They were given a questionnaire that contained the questions, "How many hours per day do you hold the cellphone in standby position?" and, "Do you use devices that emit radio waves like Bluetooth or laptops?"
The men in both groups had no significant differences in age, height, weight, or even total testosterone, but the guys in the group with ED problems spent more time carrying around their switched-on phones. A lot more. Like, an average of 4.4 hours a day, while their sexually healthy friends only reported 1.8 hours.
Now this could totally be related to stress levels, since people with stressful, important jobs are more likely to carry their phones around all the time, or at least people that think they're important, but I'm sure those people are stressed too. But why take a chance?
The researchers wrote:
“In our previous study we reported that serum total testosterone levels may be impaired in men with infertility and in those using cellphones. However, in the current study we could not find the same link, which may be due to the small sample size of patients and healthy controls included … Our results are preliminary and have several limitations. One limitation is a small number of patients and, therefore, larger studies are needed to confirm our initial report."
Infertility? Impotence? Dang, small study or not ... I'd tell my man to keep his cellphone in his desk rather than his pocket.
Do you think modern technology like cellphones is messing with our bodies?
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