Research shows Laptop heat can impact men’s sperm quality

After Toasted skin syndrome, new research gives scientific evidence to support claims on damaged sperm quality

Trying hard to conceive but not happening? The reason could well be that scorching laptop perched upon your lap. While the toasted skin syndrome has already created much hue and cry all over, here’s some more to add to the list of health hazards associated with laptop heat.

Recent research published in the journal Fertility and Sterility, stated findings that when an experiment was conducted on 29 male test subjects who used a laptop while holding it on their knees raised the temperature of their scrotums to an unsafe level within an unbelievable 15 minutes. This was even after necessary protection was ensured with the help of pads covering the subjects lap. Pads were rendered ineffective at protecting testicles from laptop heat because the biggest impact was related to the legs being kept together so that the laptop could be balanced over the knees.

The biological reason as to why a man’s testes are located outside the body is due to the very fact that sperm requires lower temperature of around 2 degrees than what is considered as normal body temperature of 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit. This is precisely why fertility is lowered when a laptop liberating heat is placed over a man’s lap leading to an impact on the sperm’s quality to also totally destroying the sperm.

While those snug and hugging pants and underwear may not affect your sperm that much, all the men out there wanting to conceive, make sure you keep your laptops well away from your thighs. 


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Pallab Jyotee Hazarika, 2010-11- 8 (Update: 2012-05-26)