The Laptop and its Effect on Male Fertility

Infertility is the inability to become pregnant after trying for one year. This can be caused by the woman, the man or a combination of both. With men, there are many possible causes of infertility like hormonal imbalances, physical problems, psychological issues, and lifestyle. One example of a physical factor is the malfunction of the reproductive organs.

The external structure of the male reproductive organ is made up of the penis, scrotum and testicles. The internal structure, which is generally in charge of the movement of the sperm is made up of the epididymis, Vas Deferens, ejaculatory ducts, urethra, seminal vesicles, prostate gland and bulbourethral glands.

The testicles are the organs in charge of producing and storing sperm. They hang inside a sack like structure called the scrotum. Typically, the temperature of this area is kept a few degrees lower than the normal body temperature (37 Degrees Celsius).

Prolonged exposure to higher temperatures can affect the production and quality of the sperm in the scrotum. Some studies have actually shown that there may be a link between elevated scrotal temperatures and infertility. Some examples of factors that can cause this are hot baths, saunas and tight underwear.

Another possible culprit is the laptop.

laptop and its effect on male infertilityMales who work with their laptops on their laps run the risk of affecting their infertility. The heat generated by the device could actually raise the temperature of that area by as much as 2.7 degrees Celsius. Is this enough to cause any damage though? Researchers have no absolute answer yet, but there have been some studies that show a drop of sperm concentration by 40% when the scrotal temperature rose by 1 to 2 degrees.

Another possible cause of infertility being investigated by scientists is the radiation generated by laptops. Though there is no substantial proof that can support this, yet, it really may be safer to avoid placing the laptop on your lap, especially during long work hours. Even the use of lap pads may not be of much help as this can still cause temperatures to rise in the groin area through hyperthermia.

It is always best to just avoid working with your laptops on the lap and placing them on a table or other surface areas to avoid the distribution of heat in your scrotum and testicles, protecting your sperm, in turn.

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