Men who are expected to step up to the plate in the baby-making arena may want to think twice about positioning a Wi-Fi-connected laptop in their lap.
A new study out of Argentina suggests electromagnetic radiation generated during Wi-Fi connections may leave sperm lacking the kind of quality needed to make Junior a reality, according to a Reuters report.
“Our data suggest that the use of a laptop computer wirelessly connected to the Internet and positioned near the male reproductive organs may decrease human sperm quality,” researchers wrote in the medical journal Fertility and Sterility.
The study relied on the sperm of 29 healthy men, Reuters reported. Four hours after placing live sperm under the laptop, a quarter of the little Olympians were no longer swimming, compared with 14 percent of sperm stored at the same temperature away from the computer, the report found. Nine percent showed DNA damage.
The researchers said they don’t know if all laptops connected to Wi-Fi will have the same effect, and a separate test showed “negligible EM radiation” when the laptop was connected but not wirelessly.