Cell Phones and Your Fertility

November 23, 2020
Jenna Aquilina, MAcOM Dipl.Ac L.Ac

Oftentimes during a treatment, we notice how frequently a woman will set her cell phone  on her abdomen to listen to something during treatment.  We also see many people generally carry their phone in their pocket near reproductive organs.  We’d like to share some considerations based on these observations.  


Good General Cell Phone Practices:  

  • A good general rule is to keep cell phone’s away from your reproductive organs.
  • Keep the cell phone as far away from your womb as possible if you are pregnant or trying to conceive. 
  • Small changes can be helpful, such as, keeping cell phones in bags instead of in a pants pocket.
  • If you are able to turn it off, that can be a good break for your body.  Airplane mode or silent mode can also be helpful.   
  • Keep the cell phone as far away from you as possible when sleeping, so that the screen won’t  disrupt you or wake you if it lights up.  Turn off sounds that may wake you.  
  • Several hours before bedtime, shut off all screens and remove artificial light sources and blue light sources as much as possible. 

Cell Phone Considerations from Research:  


  • Radiation from cell phones may cause damage to reproductive organs, affecting sperm count, motility, viability and morphology.
  • Cell phones can also affect the activity of granulosa cells,  ovaries, follicles, uterine lining, quality of eggs and embryos due to potentially adverse effect of RF-EMR (Radiofrequency Electromagnetic Radiation)
  • Potential alterations on fetal heart physiology during pregnancy.
  • “Radiofrequency electromagnetic radiation (RF-EMR) produced by cell phones can enhance the excitability of the brain and has recently been classified as carcinogenic.
  • “Effect of EMFs is still poorly understood, but it seems to correlate with higher miscarriage rates and birth defects”. 
  • May affect the growth of the fetus.
  • “Close proximity to cell phones may affect brain activity resulting in sleep disturbances, headache, fatigue and decrease in the production of melatonin.”


References and Links:

Radiations and female fertility, Roberto Marci et al.  Cell Phone Radiation Effects Fertility, Manas Ganguly, Founder, Brightsandz Clean Tech

Challenging Cell Phone Impact on Reproduction:  A Review

Zaher O. Merhi


El-Hamd MA, Aboeldahab S. Cell phone and male infertility: An update. J Integr Nephrol Androl [serial online] 2018 [cited 2020 Nov 7];5:1-5. Available from:

Radiations and male fertility