Hot, sexy and fertile: men in skirts


If you're looking for a way to boost your fertility, men, here's a new one: wear a skirt. Actually, a kilt. In the current issue of Scottish Medical Journal a researcher reports that, judging from anecdotal literature he's reviewed, it is likely that sperm quality is higher in men donning the traditional Scottish garb (sans underpants) when compared with men whose reproductive organs are bound up and kept too warm in traditional pants and tight undergarments.

The panacea

Since the last couple of decades have produced men with lower sperm counts globally, could it be that kilts are the answer? Might this reverse the poor sperm quality and low sperm counts? Or maybe it's air pollution, stress and an aging population of wannabe dads? And don't forget ever increasing technology. Laptops that heat up the laps have long been suspect.

The chick magnet

"Wearing a kilt has strong psychological benefits. A kilt will get you noticed no matter where you are. Research indicates that men wearing a kilt experience a strong sense of freedom and masculinity and that many women are attracted to men in kilts," said the author.

The kilt, redressing male infertility

Still, the kilt argument could have legs. Healthy sperm production requires the temperature of the scrotum to be three degrees lower than core body temperature. Perhaps men who wear clothing that is loose and doesn't retain heat could experience better reproduction statistics. Therefore, Erwin Kompanje of the Department of Intensive Care at Erasmus MC University Medical Centre in Rotterdam in the Netherlands recommends the kilt as a way to redress the problem of male infertility.

The Scottish kilt is a traditional garment, knee length and pleated usually in a traditional plaid indicating the family's clan. Today it is worn to ceremonial events and for special occasions. About 70% of Scots who wear the garment do so "regimental-style" or without underwear.

While there are currently no evaluations of the therapeutic side effects of wearing a kilt, it does seem to make sense when the thesis is tested against existing research showing that tight underwear reduces sperm count. Those studies found that tight undergarments can increase scrotal temps by as much as 3.5 degrees Celsius.

Source: MedicalNewsToday, Scottish Medical Journal


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