Monday, November 15, 2010

Male infertility and laptops - a study

Some time ago I posted about some debate over laptop computers and the possibility that men using them on their laps could suffer sperm damage. There is a new study published in the journal called Fertility and Sterility with some numbers and recommendations for laptop users.

Researchers at the Department of Urology and the Department of Applied Mathematics at the State University of New York identified the potential for rapid hyperthermia (over-heating) among male laptop users. They said that even when laptop "cool pads" were used there was still substantial heating of the scrotal area. They said that a relatively simple technique would help - sit with your knees apart.

Even when taking precautions like that gives only a temporary solution. Without knees spread temperatures in the important areas exceeded normal temperatures in only 10 to 15 minutes. With knees apart that doubled to 28 minutes. Still, one needs to limit the time using a laptop on one's lap.

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