How Laptop Computers Affect Male Fertility

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Laptop computers can cause male infertility. Here is what one reproductive specialist says about the link between male infertility and the excessive use of laptops – plus several tips for overcoming male infertility.

According to Loyola, 40% of fertility issues are attributed to males. Causes of male infertility include varicocoeles (enlarged varicose veins in the scrotum, which can raise the temperature in the testicles and damage or kill sperm), genital injuries or defects, certain sexually transmitted infections, prostatitis (an infection or inflammation of the prostate), immune and hormonal disorders, and erectile dysfunction.

For more info about male fertility, read The Male Biological Clock: The Startling News About Aging, Sexuality, and Fertility in Men by Harry Fisch and Stephen Braun.

And, here are tips for overcoming male infertility caused by laptop computers…

The Link Between Male Infertility and Laptop Computers

“Laptops are becoming increasingly common among young men wired into to the latest technology,” said Suzanne Kavic, MD, director of the division of reproductive endocrinology at LUHS and associate professor in the department of obstetrics and gynecology and department of medicine at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine.

“The heat generated from laptops can impact sperm count, production, and development making it difficult to conceive down the road.”

Tips for Overcoming Infertility Caused by Laptops

  • Place laptop computers on desktops to prevent damaging sperm and decreasing counts and motility.
  • Avoid hot tubs
  • Use boxers over briefs
  • Refrain from ejaculating too frequently (the recommendation is to only engage in intercourse every other day around ovulation)
  • Exercise moderately (one hour, three to five times per week)
  • Avoid exercise that can generate heat or trauma to the genital area
  • Eat well
  • Take vitamins and nutrients to increase fertility
  • Get eight hours of sleep per night
  • Stay hydrated and limit caffeine to no more than two cups per day
  • Refrain from smoking
  • Avoid drugs and excessive alcohol use
  • Minimize exposure to toxins
  • Avoid excessive weight gain or weight loss
  • Practice stress reduction techniques for infertility

Other causes of male infertility

“Medications for depression, blood pressure and certain heart conditions may lower libido or cause impotence,” said Kavic. “Men should talk with their physicians to see if medication is necessary or if they can switch to another with fewer side effects.”

Source: Loyola University Health System press release: Laptops Linked to Male Infertility. June 11, 2009.

For more info on male fertility and sperm health, read What Causes Unexplained Infertility in Men? Damaged DNA in Sperm.

To learn more about male fertility, read 5 Foods to Increase Sperm Count, Production, and Motility.

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