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Holy scrotal hypothermia! We all know about men wearing boxers to lower their scrotal temps and increase fertility, but who ever thought about the effect of a laptop? US scientists report in the medical journal Fertility and Sterility that it’s possible laptop temps can cause scrotal hypothermia and significantly affect the quality of sperm as well as a man’s fertility.

Yelim Sheynkin MD, urologist from the State University of New York at Stony Brook studied 29 healthy male volunteers and came up with some interesting findings. His research team measured the temperatures of the left and right scrotum separately as well as the laptop and lap pad during three separate one hour work sessions. The participants sat with knees together laptop on lap with and without a pad and sitting with feet apart and with a lap pad.

And, terrible news, the scrotal temps went way up regardless of knee position or use of a lap pad. It helped if feet were apart at a 70 degree angle; the temp went up later and slower. But this is generally a great cause for concern as the use of laptops has increased significantly just in the last few years.

In conclusion, the authors wrote, “Sitting position with closely approximate legs is the major cause of scrotal hyperthermia. Scrotal shielding with a lap pad does not protect from scrotal temperature elevation. Prevention of scrotal hyperthermia in LC user presently is not feasible. However, scrotal hyperthermia may be reduced by a modified sitting position (legs apart) and significantly shorter use of the LC.”

Source: Fertility and Sterility, Medical News Today


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