Sorry darling, I can't do the vacuuming......

Jodi - posted on 11/15/2009 ( 7 moms have responded )

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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-...



Sorry darling, I can't do the vacuuming. It might damage my sperm count: The best excuse yet for men not to do the housework...By Nic Fleming

Last updated at 10:59 AM on 15th November 2009



It's the get-out clause work-shy husbands have been praying for for years. A study has found that household chores – including using a vacuum cleaner or microwave oven – could reduce a man’s chances of having children.



Researchers exposed male volunteers to electromagnetic fields – high doses of which are produced by all electrically charged objects, including refrigerators and vacuum cleaners – and found such exposure could double the risk of having poor-quality sperm.



Fertility expert Dr De-Kun Li said his work provides the first evidence of a link between electrical goods and declining male fertility.



Dr Li, of Stanford University, California, said: ‘I would advise men and couples trying for a baby to reduce their exposure to electromagnetic fields as much as possible.



‘I’m not saying you shouldn’t use a microwave but it makes sense to turn it on, then move away and go back when it is done. Keep devices, especially those with electric motors, away from the body.’



The study recruited 148 donors at a sperm bank in Shanghai. Tests showed that 76 had poor sperm mobility, shape or count, while 72 had good-quality sperm.



Those volunteers whose job involved working with high temperatures or being exposed to chemicals linked to sperm damage such as solvents and pesticides were excluded.

Participants were asked to wear meters which took readings of magnetic fields every four seconds for 24 hours on days they considered ‘typical’.



They found that the half of the group who had peak readings above 0.16 microtesla – a measure of magnetic field strength – were twice as likely to have low sperm quality as those with readings below this level.



Dr Li’s team also revealed that the chances of having poor sperm quality increased as the time exposed to higher-strength magnetic fields rose. He said of the research, due to be published in January in the journal Reproductive Toxicology:



‘This is the first study to show a link between measured electromagnetic fields and poor semen quality in humans, which may provide a logical explanation for why we have seen reductions in sperm quality in men over the past century.’



Although the study did not look at what was producing the magnetic fields, electrical appliances – especially those containing motors such as hairdryers – produce high frequencies and therefore strong magnetic fields.



In previous studies, excessive alcohol consumption, smoking, a poor diet, drug use and obesity have all been shown to reduce sperm count. Dr Allan Pacey, of the British Fertility Society and a fertility researcher at Sheffield University, said: ‘I believe there might be something in it.

‘If these results are repeated in a bigger study, we need to start thinking seriously about promoting advice about avoiding exposure.’

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Jodi - posted on 11/15/2009

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My thoughts?? Well, given there was no study on the effects of female fertility, I strongly suspect this is one researcher who was determined to find a scientific reason to get out of the housework, LOL :)



But really, as hubby pointed out, does that mean some of those tools in "the shed" are also just as detrimental to fertility? In which case, I do notice the omission of that little fact...... And what about the electromagenetic fields from the TV, hmmmmm?

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Sharon - posted on 11/15/2009

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LMAO jodi... omg....hosed it down and said it rained... omg omg... seriously my husband has done stuff that has ticked me off. I know I've told you guys before about his insanity.



But if the man actually went and ruined my HARDWORK in order to be lazy, I'd kick him in the nuts until his eyes hemorraged.

Kylie - posted on 11/15/2009

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the study is irrelevant..i reckon men who do vacuum and help out around the house have more sex, so that would even out the odds. i wouldn't put out for a man who refuses to vacuum. I tell my hubby its extremely sexy that he can operate a vacuum, make dinner and stack the dishwasher, that's probably why hes so helpful when hes home.

Jodi - posted on 11/15/2009

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LOL, my hubby just shrugged......he's had the snip, so he considered it totally irrelevant :)



When they discussed it on TV this morning, there were people emailing in with their husbands best excuses to get out of housework. One woman caught her husband out. She had asked him to bring in the washing when he got home from work (she was still at work). The lazy prick hosed down the clothes and then told his wife that it had rained and was wet so he left it out there......... I tell you, if my hubby had pulled that one with me, he wouldn't ever have to worry about his fertility again (not that he does right now, but still....)!!

Sharon - posted on 11/15/2009

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i'm with Diana. From now on hubby gets to stand in front of the microwave waiting for reheated coffee, cocoa and run the vacuum.

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That just gives me more ammo for getting him to do the housework. "Just think of it as birth control."

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