Increased mobile phone usage has been linked in a new study to erectile dysfunction (ED).
However, researchers suggest that larger-scale research is needed to prove the findings.
Medical teams in Austria and Egypt identified a positive correlation between carrying a switched-on mobile phone and ED, the Independent reported.
The pilot study was based on a group of 20 men who had complained of ED for at least six months, as well as another group of 10 healthy men with no history of ED. There was no significant difference between either group regarding age, weight, height, smoking, total testosterone or exposure to other known sources of radiation.
All men completed the German version of the Sexual Health Inventory for Men (SHIM) for evaluation of the International Index of Erectile Function (IIEF), as well as another questionnaire designed to assess their mobile phone usage.
According to the researchers, the men suffering from ED carried their switched-on mobiles for an average of 4.4 hours a day, compared with just 1.8 hours for those without any problems.
The report is published in the Central European Journal of Urology.