For most young people, living in the 21st century would literally not be complete without electronic gadgets. With the growing popularity of computers, younger people are getting drawn to it, and it is no surprise that researchers have embarked on a study to determine the potential damage, that frequent use of laptops may cause on a man’s sexual health and fertility.
Recent findings by experts from the State University of New York have shown that men who frequently use laptops could be damaging their fertility.
A laptop computer, or simply laptop or notebook, is a small mobile computer that usually runs on a single main battery or from an external AC/DC adapter which can charge the battery while also supplying power to the computer itself.
This very useful office and entertainment tool is now being examined so that men can be forewarned about the potential hazards of long-term use.
According to researchers, when a man places the computer on his lap, it increases the temperature of the scrotum which is known to have a negative effect on sperm production, and may cause scrotal hyperthermia.
The scrotum is located outside the body so as to keep the testes at a temperature slightly lower than that of the rest of the human body. Increase in temperature of scrotum can damage sperm production and development. Scrotal hyperthermia has been identified as a risk factor for male infertility.
Dr. Yefim Sheynkin, a lead researcher from the State University of New York at Stony Brook noted that laptops can reach internal operating temperatures of over 70C, a temperature that is harmful to live sperm.
They are frequently positioned close to the scrotum, and as well as being capable of producing direct local heat, they require the user to sit with his thighs close together to balance the machine, which traps the scrotum between the thighs, he said.
There were 29 healthy males aged between 21 and 35 who volunteered to be a part of the experiment. Temperature changes to the scrotum caused by laptop use and the different seating positions over one hour time periods were recorded and evaluated.
The following results were observed: In order to balance a laptop, a man has to sit with his thighs together. With this posture alone, temperature in the scrotum rose by 2.1C. When the men used a laptop in this position, the average temperatures increased by 2.6C on the left side of the scrotum and 2.8C on its right side.
Furthermore, the body needs to maintain a proper testicular temperature for normal sperm production and development.
Their studies have not determined the exact frequency and time of heat exposure that is capable of producing reversible or irreversible changes in spermatogenesis. But previous studies made suggest that 1C above the baseline is the possible minimal thermal gradient.
Based on these findings, therefore, repetitive use of a laptop on your laps close to to your scrotum might cause permanent damage and infertility.
Health is everything. Protect your body like it’s all you’ve got!