“Sorry, can’t do vacuuming – it might damage my sperm!”

Men now have poor sperm excuse to get out of doing the chores

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It’s the get-out clause husbands and partners have been waiting for for years. A new study has found that household chores, including using a vacuum cleaner or a microwave, could reduce men’s chances of having children, reports the Daily Mail.

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Researchers from Stanford University in California exposed male volunteers to electromagnetic fields and found exposure could double the risk of having poor-quality sperm.

Electromagnetic fields are produced by all electrically charged objects, including microwaves and fridges. Fertility expert and head researcher Dr De-Kun Li said, “We’re not saying you shouldn’t use a microwave, but it makes sense to turn it on, then move away and go back when it’s done. Keep devices, especially those with electric motors, away from the body.”

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They may now have an excuse to get out of the vacuuming duties, but surely this research means men can no longer spend hours on their X boxes, laptops and PlayStations too!

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