Have you ever worried whether spending hours with a laptop in your... lap (well, that's what they are for, no?) could have a negative impact on your fertility? If you have, you're not the only one. The thought has crossed my mind once or twice, and now a study has been conducted into laptops and male fertility. The findings? Apparently, men have less chance that heat from a laptop will affect their swimmers if they keep their laps apart!
I remember that my grandparents used to tell me to keep away from the television, because, they said, it "radiates"! That was a relatively short time ago, historically speaking, but boy has the world changed in those years. From cell phones to iPods, and from portable DVD players to laptops, the vast majority of people in the developed world willingly and knowingly exposes themselves to lots of electronic equipment without ever worrying about the consequences. Perhaps it's time to rethink?
A report published in Fertility and Sterility found that having laptops on his body all day long could affect a man's sperm quality adversely. The heat caused the temperature inside the scrotum to rise, something that can cause a low sperm count. But, those men who kept their legs apart while they were surfing the net on their laptops had a scrotum temperature of two to four degrees less than their mates who kept their legs closed. Interestingly enough, putting a shield, like a book or something, underneath the computer didn't seem to help any.
One of the researchers, from Stony Brook University in New York, said: "Try to be healthy in all the ways you can. And that means stop putting laptops on your lap, stop using hot tubs and other things of that nature." That makes a lot of sense, doesn't it? Boost your fertility by staying away from your laptop. Mind you, some funny commentators on a nerdy forum I came across joked that "the laptop would be the only warm thing in their laps anyway". I wonder of the effects of laptops on female fertility will also be researched any time soon?