It was a hot topic this week – teenagers and young men were told that they should keep their laptops off their laps because they could damage fertility. Apparently, laptops can heat up the scrotum which could affect the quality and quantity of men?s sperm. ?The increase in scrotal temperature is significant enough to cause changes in sperm parameters,? said Dr Yefim Sheynkin, an Associate Professor of Urology at SUNY Stony Brook.?
He continued, ?It is very difficult to predict how long the computer can be used safely. It may not be at all, if the testicular temperature goes up high within a very short period of time.? Furthermore, ?Long-term use may have a detrimental effect on their reproductive health.?
Sheynkin?s team studied the impact of using a laptop on healthy volunteers by measuring scrotal temperature before and after they used a computer on their lap (I?d love to read these peoples? resumes). The researchers discovered that even without turning the laptop on, scrotal temperature rose by 2.1�C when volunteers sat with their thighs together to balance the computer on their lap.
Therefore, all subsequent blog posts will be made while hanging upside down over my desktop. Apologies in advance for the spelling errors?