Monday, August 22, 2011
Using Laptops On Knees can affects Men’s Fertility!
Millions of men are putting their reproductive health at risk by placing their laptops on their knees, experts have warned.
Researchers from the State University of New York asked 29 young men to work on computers placed on their laps. They then measured the change in temperature in their genital area.
They found that the volunteer’s testicles quickly heated up to dangerous levels, even when they had protective pads underneath their laptops.
Study leader, Professor Yelim Sheynkin, said: “Millions and millions of men are using laptops now, especially those in the reproductive age range.
“Within 10 or 15 minutes their scrotal
temperature is already above what we consider safe, but they don’t feel it.”
Around one in seven couples in the UK have trouble conceiving and male infertility plays a part in around half of these cases.
Under normal circumstances, the position of the testicles outside the body keeps them a few degrees cooler than the inside of thebody, which is necessary for sperm production.
No studies have yet researched how laptops affect male fertility, but earlier research has showedthat warming the scrotum even more than one degree Celsius is enough to damage sperm.
Professor Sheynkin said: “I wouldn’t say that if someone starts to use laptopsthey will become infertile.”
However, he warned that frequent use might contribute to reproductive problems because ‘the scrotum doesn’thave time to cool down.’
The team found when the men sat with their legs spread wide with a large lap pad under the computer they could keep their testicles cooler. But itstill took less than 30 minutes before they began overheating.
“No matter what youdo, even with the legs spread wide apart, the temperature is still going to be higher than what we call safe,” Sheynkin said.