Gentlemen, you may want to remove your mobile devices from your pocket!  Why?  According to urologist Des Moines Dr. Fawad Zafar, scientists may have discovered a link between cell phone usage and erectile dysfunction (ED).

Preliminary results published in the Central European Journal of Urology are indicating that men who suffer from the effects of chronic erectile dysfunction spend a lot more time in contact with their turned-on mobile devices than those who don’t experience problems in the bedroom.

But men…you don’t have to throw your cell phone away just yet. According to your urologist Des Moines, the study was relatively small, and much more research is needed before any conclusive conclusions can be reached.

However, the link between cell phone usage and ED is considered to be rather strange. Researchers observed 30 men, 20 of whom had suffered from erectile dysfunction for at least six months, and 10 who had no bedroom issues. They were given a questionnaire that asked how many hours per day they held their cell phone in a standby position and whether or not they typically use devices that send out t radio waves such as a Bluetooth or laptop.

It should be noted that the men in both groups had no significant differences in age, height, weight, or even their amount of total testosterone, but the men in the group who suffered from erectile dysfunction were reported to have spent significantly more time carrying around their switched-on phones.

According to urologist Des Moines, this problem could possibly be related to stress, since people with stressful jobs are more likely to spend more time with their phones.

In previous studies it was suggested that serum total testosterone levels might be diminished in men suffering from infertility and in those using cell phones on a consistent basis.

However, in the current study the same link could not be found, which may be due to the small number of patients and healthy controls included.  The results are preliminary and have numerous limitations, one being a significantly small number of patients and, therefore, larger studies are needed to confirm the initial findings.

But whether cell phone usage can result in infertility, impotence or any type of effect on a man’s virility, urologist Des Moines Dr. Fawad Zafar suggests keeping your cell phone somewhere other than your pocket when in the “on” position.