Scientists collected semen samples from 29 healthy men and placed aliquots under a laptop connected to the internet via Wi-Fi. The results showed that 25% of the sperm exposed to Wi-Fi had decreased motility compared to only 14% in the control group kept at the same temperature but not near a Wi-Fi connection.
DNA damage was increased 3-fold in sperm exposed to the Wi-Fi, with up to 9% of sperm showing damage.
Though interesting, this study was performed in an artificial setting that may not be applicable to the Wi-Fi exposure semen undergoes in a normal human setting.
Dr. Robert Oates, president of the Society for Male Reproduction and Urology, cautions people to not overact to this study stating, “Suddenly all of this angst is created for real-life actual persons that doesn’t have to be.”
He also points out that there have been no conclusive studies on the effect of Wi-Fi on fertility or pregnancy rates.