Laptops Linked to Male Infertility

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1. Male Fertilty On The Decline

It’s no secret that male fertility has been on the decline in recent years, and scientists and researchers have been working hard to find out way. Turns out, our dependency on technology may be at least partially to blame. Researchers have been conducting studies for years now, and it seems that there are at least two potential connections to male infertility problems and laptop use in men. Read on to find out more info.

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2. The WiFi Connection

At least one potential study has shown that using wifi on a laptop can potentially damage male fertility. The study, carried out by researchers from Nascentis Reproductive Medicine in Argentina, and the Eastern Virginia School of Medicine in the USA showed that sperm samples that were placed under a laptop which was connected to wifi for four hours, showed more changes to their genetic code and less movement than sperm that was not exposed to wifi.

researchers-point-out-that-using-wifi-can-expose-people-to-radio-signals-in-the-bodyThe researchers point out that using wifi can expose people to radio signals in the body, and that being exposed to wifi could potentially damage the health of sperm. This particular study only looked at 29 semen samples, but did find that the sperm vitality and motility of the wifi sperm was lower than the other sperm. While this is not a conclusive study by any means, it is a step in the right direction when figuring out how laptop computers can affect sperm health.

3. The Heat Connection

Other studies have shown a different sort of connection between laptops and male fertility, and this time, the connection is a heat-related one. Some researchers think that the heat generated from laptops, particularly when they are sat directly on the lap, can damage sperm production and development and can impact fertility on down the road.

it-is-likely-that-the-sperm-could-possibly-be-damaged-by-placing-a-laptop-directly-on-the-lapSince the testicles are outside the body, it is likely that the sperm could possibly be damaged by placing a laptop directly on the lap. A small study was done at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, and the findings indicated that men who sat with their laptops on their laps for an hour had an increase in scrotal temperature of about 5 degrees farenheit.

Previous studies have indicated that an increase of even one degree in scrotal temperature can affect production of healthy sperm. As with the wifi connection study, more research is definitely needed on this subject, however, it is interesting to think about and is definitely something to take into consideration if your man spends a ton of time on the computer.

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Dr. Lynette Weiss, MD

Dr. Lynette Weiss is ConceiveEasy's Senior Physician and Scientific Director. She is certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and is a fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology.