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22 okt. 2014
Hi-tech pants ''protect sperm from phone waves''
It may be time for men to take the smart phone out of their pocket - or buy shielded pants to protect sperm from the effects of mobile phones.
Protecting the crown jewels from electromagnetic radiation may not be at the top of most men's concerns, but an American company has developed special underpants for the job.
Belly Armor, a Manhattan company which already produces protective blankets and maternity tops for pregnant women, is launching its first products for men on Thursday.
The pants incorporate a conductive textile made of fibres and metal which the makers say shields wearers from the harmful effects of electromagnetic radiation associated with phones and laptops.
They do not come cheap. The underpants sell for $49 (£30) a time.
But wearers will apparently have peace of mind knowing that their lunchbox is protected by a shielded codpiece built into the pants.
There is still no definitive evidence of harmful effects from radiation produced by wireless devices such as cellphones and wifi networks.
However, scientists studying falling male fertility rates have said that more needs to be done to understand the impact of low-level electromagnetic waves on sperm production.
Katherine Niefeld, a spokeswoman for the company, told The New York Post the pants were developed in response to a 2007 study by the American Society of Reproductive Medicine that showed use of cellphones decreases semen quality.
She said many men remained ignorant about the possible effects.
''If you're a guy, how are you going to know that putting your cellphone in your pocket will do things to your sperm,'' she said.
A study at Exeter University earlier this year concluded that sperm number and movement were affected by keeping mobile phones in pockets - but could find no drop off in fertility.
24 okt. 2014
Do we need safer phones or safer underwear?
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