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Report: Leaving notebooks on your lap may reduce sperm quality

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 08 Nov 2010 18:30 User comments (17)

Report: Leaving notebooks on your lap may reduce sperm quality According to a new study published in Fertility and Sterility, using a notebook on your lap for extended periods of time can lead to reduced sperm quality, and there is really nothing we can do about it.
Yelim Sheynkin, a urologist that lead the study from the State University of New York at Stony Brook said: "Millions and millions of men are using laptops now, especially those in the reproductive age range. Within 10 or 15 minutes their scrotal temperature is already above what we consider safe, but they don't feel it."

For the study, 29 men had their scrotal temperature taken with thermometers as they balanced notebooks on their laps.

Even if you are using a lap pad, the temperatures were still dangerous.

Warming the scrotum just 2 degrees Fahrenheit can lead to damaged sperm, adds Sheynkin. After one hour of having a notebook on your lap, your scrotum can heat up as much as 5 degrees Fahrenheit.

One in every six couples in the U.S. has trouble conceiving a baby, with a main culprit being male infertility, says the American Urological Association.

What should you do? Every 15 minutes give your "boys" some time to cool down.

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17 user comments

18.11.2010 19:39

This really isn't something new, I've been hearing about this for a while now, besides I rarely meet anyone who actually puts a laptop on their lap.

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28.11.2010 20:10

Is it actually dangerous or is it just making you infertile? I could care less about not being able to have a kid. I'd still put a laptop on my lap if it wasn't dangerous. I have no interest in having a baby, not that anyone cares at all.

Also, according to older Apple commercials, the laptop on the lap is the most popular way to use their laptops. Just kidding guys. Chill out :)

Also, since when is overheating balls causing infertility actually a discovery? Hot baths anyone? Once that was discovered doesn't that make this kind of finding a little silly?

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38.11.2010 20:43

Decreased fertility and toasted-skin syndrome are two good reasons not to use your lap as a table for your laptop.


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48.11.2010 20:44

Originally posted by KSib:
Is it actually dangerous or is it just making you infertile? I could care less about not being able to have a kid. I'd still put a laptop on my lap if it wasn't dangerous. I have no interest in having a baby, not that anyone cares at all.

Also, according to older Apple commercials, the laptop on the lap is the most popular way to use their laptops. Just kidding guys. Chill out :)

Also, since when is overheating balls causing infertility actually a discovery? Hot baths anyone? Once that was discovered doesn't that make this kind of finding a little silly?
Everyone spends more time on the computer than in the shower/bath :)

58.11.2010 23:09

Perhaps they should put a warning on hotubs and jacuzzi's too :P Maybe that's why we males are instinctive in not taking baths. lol

69.11.2010 1:21

This is basically just common sense. Don't roast your chestnuts. Same reason why chefs/cooks have the same issue.

79.11.2010 2:40

Quote:
Within 10 or 15 minutes their scrotal temperature is already above what we consider safe, but they don't feel it."
I found this really funny. This aint no big thing we should already know this without having a study done :)

Edited by DVDBack23


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89.11.2010 2:41

Makes sense...most laptops runs so hot that it is amazing that the plastic does not melt.



99.11.2010 3:58

I think they found out about this kinda too late.. because most of males are using notebook on lap ><


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109.11.2010 6:14

I wonder if I could sue dell for calling their notebooks laptops...



119.11.2010 11:58

Eh if your boys are that fragile or its that big a deal to you shouldn't you be actively icing them down anyway? lol


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1210.11.2010 0:05

Cold temperatures also kill sperm...that is why we have billions of them when the job is ultimately done by just one.



1311.11.2010 0:00

"Packs one in his briefs"

THe world shall fear no zippy spawn ever!!!


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1411.11.2010 0:01

Originally posted by KillerBug:
Cold temperatures also kill sperm...that is why we have billions of them when the job is ultimately done by just one.
Ya but they prefer cooler temps than warmer ones.

Copyright infringement is nothing more than civil disobedience to a bad set of laws. Lets renegotiate them.

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1513.11.2010 4:02

So can surfing the net for a half our before sex be considered birth control?

1613.11.2010 4:16

BBS Baked Balls Syndrome

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1715.11.2010 6:32

The "hard-boiled nuts" story has been around for years and years.

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