Wear boxers instead of briefs for higher sperm count

Men trying to become fathers are better off wearing loose underwear rather than briefs according to a study published on Thursday

Men trying to become fathers are better off wearing loose underwear rather than briefs according to a study published on Thursday

Among them, 53 percent wore boxer shorts.

The study probed the potency of 656 men between 32 and 39 and found that guys who sported boxer shorts had a 25 percent higher concentration of sperm and 17 percent higher sperm count totals. The increased FSH may be compensatory mechanism by the body to counter the effects of the tighter underwear, the researchers said. However, I think it is a reasonable low cost and low risk lifestyle change that men with poor sperm quality can undertake to potentially improve their semen quality.

Although this study was not created to directly measure fertility, these results do suggest an easy way for men to help their chances of improving their fertility. Corroborating data on the hormone, known as FSH, was also new.

There have been several studies of late that show that there is a steady decline in sperm counts. Vij said. "We always struggle in our field to make that leap". It adds to evidence that temperature is vital to sperm production.

Previous research has linked increased scrotal temperatures to adverse testicular function, so the team of experts set out to examine whether a man's type of underwear had any effect.

Tight underwear decreases sperm count.

The team of United States researchers examined data on 656 men who were part of couples seeking treatment at a fertility centre in America between 2000 and 2017.




What they found was those who wore boxers were seriously packing in the sperm department.

More than half (345) wore boxer shorts, and only a slightly smaller number of the group wore snugger-fitting underwear: 311. These differences were still apparent after accounting for factors like age or their level of physical activity.

"It might be predicted that men who spend much of their day seated and also wear tight underwear would be most likely to suffer a fall in their sperm production due to scrotal heating", Prof Sharpe said.

The researchers said that the findings provide some simple advice to men looking to conceive. And the authors acknowledge that they lacked information about other factors, like the men's preferred trousers styles and materials, that might influence the results.

Dr. Michael Eisenberg, director of male reproductive medicine and surgery at Stanford University School of Medicine, agreed. The researchers also said that other factors also affect scrotal heat: like type of pants, underwear fabric, etc. "We're talking in the neighborhood of about 20 million sperm difference", he said. In 2016, Eisenberg co-authored a study of 500 men that found that, no matter what type of underwear the men wore, the time it took couples to become pregnant was about the same.

The study has still not demonstrated a clear correlation between the type of underwear and sperm count/quality and whether all these sperms translate into pregnancy.

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