Friday, 12 Jun, 2009 Health & Fitness

Laptops Could Lead to Male Infertility


At the moment a lot of young men are probably not thinking of becoming fathers, but it might be too late when the "right" time will come. A reproductive specialist at Loyola University Health System (LUHS) established a list of tips that would protect male fertility, which is greatly affected the most by excessive laptop use.

According to Suzanne Kavic, MD, director of the reproductive endocrinology department at LUHS and associate professor in the obstetrics and gynecology division and medicine branch at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, a lot of young men nowadays take advantage of new technologies. She says that the heat produced by laptops can negatively influence sperm "making it difficult to conceive down the road."

She suggests placing laptops on desktops in order to prevent sperm damage and reduce the counts of motility. It is worth mentioning that 40 percent of the problems linked with fertility are attributed to men. The list of tips to protect male fertility also includes:

- Avoiding hot bath;

- Using boxers instead of briefs

- Exercising reasonably (1 hour, 3-5 times per week);

- Eating well;

- Sleeping 8 hours per night;

- Limiting caffeine to a maximum of 2 cups per day;

- Avoiding smoking, drug and alcohol use;

- Avoiding obesity or weight loss;

- Practicing techniques to lower stress.

Generally one should note that heat near the scrotum may damage or kill sperm. Among other reason for male infertility there are:

- genital injuries or defects

- certain STDs;

- prostatitis;

- immune and hormonal disorders;

- erectile dysfunction.

Some problems with male fertility could arise as a result of side effects associated with certain medications.

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

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