Published: Sun, August 12, 2018
Medicine | By Tracy Klein

Fertility underwear for men: Boxers will help conceive

Fertility underwear for men: Boxers will help conceive

"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. These men were found to have sperm concentrations that were 25% higher than the men who mostly wore tighter-fitting types of underwear, and total sperm counts that were 17% higher.

They sought to test the theory that briefs, being more constricting, raise scrotal temperature and have a negative effect on fertility.

Lead researcher, Dr Lidia Minguez-Alarcon, a research scientist at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston, said: 'Since men can modify the type of underwear they choose to wear, these results may be useful to improve men's testicular function'. "Men could improve their sperm production by easily changing their type of underwear worn to boxers".

However, researchers noted that none of the sperm counts measured were below the normal range, implying that underwear is not a major factor in pregnancy. FSH is the hormone that stimulates the testes to produce sperm.

The new findings add to a growing body of knowledge on the subject.

We know what you're thinking.

The groundbreaking study is the largest of its kind to look into the truth of a long-held suspicion that tighter trousers such as Y-fronts or briefs affect a man's ability to father children.

As part of the study, the men in couples who were seeking fertility treatments were quizzed about their underwear choices and which underwear do they usually prefer. This proven link between temperature and fertility is often the linchpin of pro-boxer arguments presented during debates with briefs wearers. The men, all between the ages of 32 and 39, had also completed a survey that included questions about the style of underwear they had been wearing for the previous three months.

Oi, you, in the tight trousers.

However, other experts said they wouldn't make a flat-out recommendation for men to switch to boxers.

However, the sperm shape wasn't affected and neither was the DNA quality. "This was reflected both in sperm concentration as well as in total sperm count". Underwear choice had no effect on these other markers.

So if you and your partner are trying to have a baby, boxers might be a good choice. The simultaneous presence of lower sperm counts and higher FSH among men wearing tight-fitting underwear suggests the presence of a compensatory mechanism.

Follicle stimulating hormone is associated with sperm production, suggesting, researchers said, that the brain stepped up production of the hormone to compensate for the decreased sperm production in the men wearing tighter underwear.

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