”But there is no need for men to become monks just because they want to be a dad”

Emobileclinic Researchers’ corner

Emobileclinic Reporter: Femi Fayomi

Tight underwear have impacts most on male fertility. Low sperm count is one of the most common fertility problems in men, affecting as many as 50% of men who have problems with infertility. Fortunately, not all causes of low sperm count  are hard to treat. Sometimes, simple lifestyle changes can increase fertility.

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A study has shown  the impact of tight underwear on male fertility is worse than that of drinking alcohol, taking drugs or smoking. Researchers at the Universities of Sheffield and Manchester found little difference between the quality of sperm of smokers and non-smokers in their study of over 2000 men. They observed the lifestyles of the men on trial and found that a high BMI, heavy alcohol consumption and recreational drug use did not affect sperm quality drastically either.

However, one factor that was really seen to affect fertility in the men tested was the tightness of their underwear. Men with sported loose boxer-shorts were found to have a higher-quality sperm when compared to men with tight ones.

The scientists involved in the study were very careful to highlight that although the impact of smoking, drinking and being overweight upon sperm may not be as great as previously thought, these lifestyle choices are still hugely important for wider health issues.
‘This potentially overturns much of the current advice given to men about how they might improve their fertility and suggests that many common lifestyle risks may not be as important as we previously thought,’ said Dr Andrew Povey of The University of Manchester.

The lead researcher Allan Pacey of the University of Sheffield concluded that ‘in spite of our results, it’s important that men continue to follow sensible health advice and watch their weight, stop smoking and drink alcohol within sensible limits. But there is no need for them to become monks just because they want to be a dad.

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About Low Sperm Count

In a healthy man, each ejaculation contains millions of sperm. For pregnancy to occur, relatively few of these sperm must make it through the cervix, through the uterus, and to the fallopian tube, where a single sperm will end up fertilizing a single egg. Since the journey is rather difficult, many sperm are needed to give a good chance at pregnancy.

In most cases, the body does not produce enough quantity of sperms to result in pregnancy. Since this problem is so common, a sperm count is one of the first tests the doctor will recommend if infertility is suspected. If you do have a low sperm count, there are a number of treatments that can increase your chances of getting your partner pregnant.

One of the most common causes of low sperm count is easily reversible with a simple lifestyle change. The testes must exist at an optimal temperature for sperm production. The testes are meant to be several degrees lower than the rest of the body, and a change of just a few degrees can cause low sperm count.

Briefs and tight underwear can cause an increase in the temperature of the testes, causing it to rise above that optimal range. Therefore, one should wear boxers and sufficiently loose pants when the couple is trying to conceive. In addition, one should avoid spending time in hot tubs and saunas.

It’s not enough to simply wear boxers just before one plan on trying to conceive. It takes several weeks for the body to produce sperm, and an interruption at any point during that time can cause issues with sperm count. Plan to keep up your lifestyle changes until conception occurs.



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