The amount of wireless technology we use in Western societies continues to grow all the time, with more and more devices such as tablets, phone, laptops and console connected each year. But what about potential health concerns of wifi exposure, particularly on male fertility and testosterone levels? Is there an established connection there and are they are alternatives to using wifi in the home?
Consulting authoritative sources we believe there is indeed a connection between testosterone levels and fertility and wifi exposure, and we will point to multiple academic studies that have indicated this. Moreoever we will point to powerline adapters as a home networking solution that can reduce or eliminate wifi use altogether by delivering wired internet connections to wherever they are needed in the home. Lets look at the topic in more detail below.
Health Effects of Wifi – What’s the Evidence
We wanted to look at authoritative academic sources to determine whether there was a link between wifi and testosterone and fertility. There are some articles out there that seem to dismiss any concerns, only quoting one source or authority, or sometimes none at all, to justify their claims. What do the experts who actually carry out the studies on this say?
Looking into scientific studies we found plenty that in fact did conclude that there was a link between exposure to EMF/RF radiation, of which wifi is a type, and male reproductive health. Tests are mostly done on animals at this stage but nevertheless consistent correlations between wifi exposure and health have been found.
A full summary page with multiple studies all confirming all health effects is linked here. We have also picked out the ones relating to male fertility, reproductive health and testosterone levels here:
- Brazilian study of effect of EM radiation on reproductive function and testosterone levels in rats.
- Study on the effects of 2.45GHz microwave radiation on reproductive function of rats.
- Study on 7 effects of wifi on human health, including fertility and hormone levels.
- Study of effect of laptop wifi on fertility and DNA in humans.
- Study of effect of cell phone and wifi use on human sperm counts.
- Effects of long term exposure to wifi on testes function.
All of these studies return a statistically significant result of wifi or EMF exposure on human or animal health, whether on hormone levels, sperm health and count, or testicular function. Similarly some studies that have reported no effect on human health have been found to be flawed in their methodology.
Some of these studies have been conducted on animals and some on humans; nevertheless they all found a link between wifi and reproductive health, as well as many other health effects. So it is simply not true to claim there has been no established link between EMF/RF/wifi exposure and health; the linked studies are also only a few amongst many such studies that have found a connection between wifi/mobile use and health effects.
Why Testosterone is Important
We wanted to single out testosterone in this post because testosterone is often stigmatised amongst the general population as being a “bodybuilders” hormone that is only important for people wanting to significantly increase muscle mass and physique. This is a totally incorrect view and nowhere near the whole story on testosterone.
Whilst testosterone use (at higher levels) is in fact an important part of certain physical programs and regimes such as bodybuilding, it is also important for all males in general, as at even normal levels it is important for basic things like:
⦁ Basic motivation and and “getting up for stuff”
⦁ Concentration levels
⦁ Mental clarity and focus
⦁ Normal sleep levels
⦁ Energy levels when exercising
⦁ General calmness and stress tolerance
Males whose testosterone levels are below normal will often notice in a decrease in all of these traits. Conversely, those who discover this and take steps to increase their testosterone levels, either through natural methods or Testosterone Optimisation Therapy, often report a significant increase of these positive benefits.
They find they are more motivated and focused and have better energy and sleep levels. See some testimonials of people undergoing treatment to increase their testosterone levels here.
Studies have repeatedly found that testosterone levels in men have been declining for at least several decades. Testosterone levels naturally decrease with age anyway but studies have shown that each successive generation of males have lower levels of testosterone than males of a similar age previously had.
The causes have not totally been pinned down but given the effect of wifi on reproductive health that has been demonstrated, this would be a good place to start. One of the studies linked above also specifically saw a reduction in testosterone after EMF exposure. Therefore wifi, particularly in built up areas, is most likely one of the contributing factors to lower testosterone, though certainly not the only factor.
Powerline Adapters as a Possible Solution
However even if people accept the possible health concerns around using wifi, what alternatives are there realistically? People have become so dependent on wifi nowadays with portable devices especially that it would seem impossible to do away with it without being severely inconvenienced.
If you are worried about the possible health effects of wifi, including on fertility and testosterone levels, then a wired powerline adapter can actually be an excellent home networking solution as it can deliver a wired (not wireless) internet connection to any room you like in the house, thereby potentially reducing your exposure to wifi.
They work as a pair of adapter plugs, one of which is plugged in and connected to your router and the other to your device, and the two adapters the communciate through the electrical wiring of the house to deliver a strong wired internet signal to your devices, even at some distance from the router.
Powerline adapters are an alternative to wifi as the standard models can deliver a wired internet connection to any room in the house using exisitng electrical wiring; wifi can be bypassed altogether using a wired powerline adapter.
TheTP Link Nano TL-PA4010 Kit model is an entry level, best selling no nonsense powerline adapter model with just one ethernet port and no passthrough. Click here to view on Amazon. It will provide a solid, wired ethernet connection to your router using the existing electrical wiring of your house. See our full review of the product and our Powerline Adapters page. Our Product Comparison Table compares all the wired and wireless powerline adapter models at a glance by feature and functionality.
They are an excellent alternative to using wifi as they can be used on any device which has an ethernet port. Some smaller portable devices like iPhones and tablets don’t have ethernet ports nowadays so they rely on wifi, but larger devices from laptops upwards still almost always have ethernet ports you can connect to.
Wired-only powerline adapters are available with up to three ethernet ports on Amazon, so they can provide wired connectivity for up to three devices per adapter if necessary to move them off wifi and onto wired connections. Additional powerline adapters can also easily be added to form a network of multiple adapters for those wanting to expand wired connectivity to every room.
Make sure you go for a standard powerline adapter though, which has just ethernet ports only and no wifi capability. Anything advertised as a wireless powerline adapter or wifi booster or range extender will have wireless functionality on it and so it best avoided if you are looking to eliminate wifi completely from your home.
However for many people it is not going to be practical to eliminate wifi use completely, as there are so many portable devices that people have become used to now that do not have ethernet ports now and are only equipped to use wifi. In these cases powerline adapters can at least limit and reduce expose to wifi, by getting any devices you can onto wired connections and just using wifi for the devices you absolutely need to.
Powerline Adapters Explained in 2 Minutes
Turning Wifi Off On Your Router
For people who are determined to get off using wifi altogether though and either don’t have, or are prepared to give up using, smaller devices without ethernet ports, it is entirely possible to create an “all wired” powerline network throughout the home, with adapters installed wherever there needs to be a connection.
It would be an expensive option especially with lots of devices but would be possible as long as your house electrical wiring is good enough in all places to transmit the signal to all rooms in the house where a powerline adapter will be needed.
If you do decide that you want to go completely wired in your home and not use wireless at all, then it is a good idea to disable wifi on your router so it is not emitting any wireless EMF signals. Most routers from most ISPs have an option somewhere in their router settings that will allow you to do this. It is usually a question of logging into your router and searching through the menus until you find an option to disable wifi. This will not affect your wired ethernet or Powerline connections.
The major ISPs usually have instructions on how to do this on their website; for simplicity we have some links to pages from the major ISPs in the US and UK telling you how to disable wifi on their routers: click on links for Comcast Xfinity, Verizon, AT&T for the US and BT and Virgin Media for the UK on how to turn off wifi for each. Some routers will have dual band wifi signals (2.4GHz and 5GHz) so it may be necessary to disable both frequencies to completely disable the wifi.
TP Link Product Comparison
Our product comparison table of the TP Link products will come in handy as it differentiates the TP Link products on the number of ethernet ports and wifi functionality, which are the two factors you will need when deciding whether to create an all wired powerline network in the home.
Click on the link to view the table. If you are looking to get off wifi then create your wired powerline network using the models towards the top of the table that don’t use wifi.