Will Using Electronics Lower Your Sperm Count?

JZ (6)Personal electronic devices such as laptops, tablets, and e-readers are becoming a growing part of everyday life. People have information available at their fingertips, never realizing that their electronics may be negatively impacting their fertility. Men, in particular, should be careful when using electronic devices.

Electronics and Male Fertility

Male Fertility

Male fertility plays a critical role in reproduction. After all, in order to have a child, you need both one sperm and one egg. During fertility treatment, couples often think about a woman’s fertility, but may overlook the male’s role.

The male anatomy is uniquely designed with the reproductive organs – the testes – located outside the body. This anatomical location outside of the body is no accident. In order to function properly, the testes must be cooler than the rest of the body. If they become too hot, sperm production can decrease, and with it, a man’s fertility is reduced. When an electronic device is held in the lap, the heat from the device can warm the testicles. This is especially true if the device is kept in this position for long periods of time.

Protecting Male Fertility

There are a number of steps men can take to protect their fertility. This is especially important when trying to conceive, as sperm health and quality has a direct impact on the ability to fertilize an egg. When trying to conceive, be sure to:

  • Wear loose fitting underwear like boxers instead of briefs
  • Place laptops and other electronic devices on tables rather than on your lap
  • Avoid hot tubs, Jacuzzis, and saunas
  • Get exercise regularly, but avoid long bike rides which can trap heat on the seat
  • Eat well balanced meals
  • Avoid smoking
  • Avoid the use of alcohol and recreational drugs
  • Get adequate rest

Family Planning Resources

While simple, these steps will improve your sperm count and your ability to start a family.

Discover more family planning resources by contacting Dr. John Zhang at New Hope Fertility Center. Please call 917.525.5496 to schedule your initial consultation.

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