Male sperm isn’t all it used to be. If you’re reading this with a laptop on your lap, that’s just one of the culprits.
While you are reading this is your laptop on your lap? If it is, and if you are male, you should know that the average laptop can heat your testicles by nearly 3 degrees. Previous research from Yefim Sheynkin at the State University of New York, found that the heat from your laptop is linked to high testicular temperature and infertility.
It is estimated that around 200 million people use laptops. When running, the internal heat generated can reach as much as 70 degrees C. The normal posture for a man when sitting, is for the legs to be slightly open. When using a laptop, the legs are closer together in order to balance the computer. Within 15 minutes of using a laptop scrotal temperature can rise by a full 1 degree celcius.
Whether laptops have a significant effect on the performance and quality of sperm is yet to be understood. However, couples who are having problems conceiving a baby will want to reduce anything that could be having a negative effective. Men whose sperm quality is hampering fatherhood are often told to try cooling the temperature of their scrotum by wearing looser pants and by avoiding hot baths.
A research team headed by Yefim Sheynkin have suggested heavy laptop use over a number of years “may cause irreversible or partially reversible changes in male reproductive function”. At the Aberdeen Fertility Centre it has been shown that sperm concentrations have dropped by 30 per cent between 1989 and 2002. The drop in fertility may be due to a number of things such as pesticides, smoking, drinking and drugs.
If you’ve got any concerns about fertility its maybe worth making a few lifestyle changes. Of course, while you’re researching these changes it may be worth placing your laptop on a table, or getting a laptop pad, or moving it as far away from your lap as is workable.