Hot Notebooks Kill Sperm, Cooling Pads of No Help

Don’t get testy, but we want to interrupt your morning for an important public service announcement. Laptops are endangering the future of our nation by increasing “scrotal temperature” to unsafe levels which can endanger male fertility.

The new study out of the State University of New York at Stony Brook points a finger at laptops — showing that in as little as 10 to 15 minutes of laptop on lap use the temperature of the test subject’s testicles had risen to unsafe levels, and the subjects didn’t even notice it.

Your first reaction might be to go out and buy a laptop cooling pad to put some distance, and some fans, between your family jewels and that heat producing laptop, but according to the study, even one of those won’t help!

The problem is that the vitality of sperm is in trouble with even one degree of increased temperature. In the study, the testicles had increased in temperature by 2.5 degrees! The heat built up even if the test subjects spread their legs apart, albeit at a slower rate.

Accoding to Dr. James F. Smith, who spoke to Rueters, there isn’t a “clear impact of laptop use on fertility,” telling the news site that it could take months for the use to impact fertility.

So what are you to do? Well, the best thing is to use your laptop on a desk, bar, coffee table or anyplace other than your lap. If you do need to use it on your lap, take breaks and spread your legs out when possible.

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