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Wearing Loose Pants Can Improve Your Sperm Count

Wearing Loose Pants Can Improve Your Sperm Count

Lead author Research Scientist Dr Lidia Mínguez-Alarcón said: "These results point to a relatively easy change that men can make when they and their partners are seeking to become pregnant".

The study, conducted from 2000 to 2017, looked at men who came to Massachusetts General Hospital as part of a couple with fertility problems.

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The men, who were between the ages of 32 and 39, completed a survey that included questions about the style of underwear they wore in the previous three months.

While the age-old locker-room debate among men - boxers vs. briefs - is more aesthetic than medical, the question has always been raised: do tight-fitting shorts overheat the family jewels?

"The men who may benefit most from paying attention to what type of underwear they're wearing are men who are already having problems with fertility", he said. New research released on Wednesday has suggested that men who usually wear boxer shorts have higher sperm concentrations than those who wear tighter-fitting briefs or jockeys.




"Potentially switching from tight to loose might help some men who are on the lower edge of sperm production". The most significant difference in sperm concentration was seen between men who wore boxers and men who wore jockeys and briefs.

Those with looser-fitting underwear produced up to a third more swimming sperm than those who preferred budgie-smuggler type briefs. For instance, their body mass index, whether they are smokers or not, how much time do they spend in sitting down on a daily basis, or if they enjoyed hot baths or not.

According to experts, the reasons for this trend are mostly external: it can be both environmental factors (e.g., poor environment), and peculiarities of lifestyle (reduced physical activity, Smoking or obesity). "I think we still have a lot to learn about men's contribution to fertility".

The authors concluded that certain styles of male underwear may impair spermatogenesis, which may result in a compensatory increase in gonadotrophin secretion, as reflected by a higher serum FSH concentration in men who frequently wore tight underwear.

In matenals more than 180 studies, published last year, reported that over the last forty years men from developed countries have lost 60 per cent of the spermatozoa. Other potentially confounding factors that were not taken into consideration included the type of pants worn, and the textile fabric of the underwear.

However, the study does not explore whether the occupation of the men and the length of time that they spend seated were also important, he said.