If there was ever a reason for men to switch to a desktop computers, it’s this: Your laptop could be cooking your testicles. A new study published in the journal Fertility and Sterility, says that within fifteen minutes of laptop use, scrotal temperatures are already out of the safe zone.
Dr. Yefim Sheynkin, a urologist at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, who led the new study, said:
“Millions and millions of men are using laptops now, especially those in the reproductive age range. Within 10 or 15 minutes their scrotal temperature is already above what we consider safe.”
But according to Dr. Sheynkin, men don’t feel the rise in temperature. Also, Sheynkin says that there is little that man can do to lower the temperatures, besides placing the laptop on a desk instead of their laps.
Dr. Sheynkin said:
“I wouldn’t say that if someone starts to use laptops they will become infertile,” but it could cause reproductive problems because “the scrotum doesn’t have time to cool down. It doesn’t matter what pad you use. You can put a pillow beneath your computer and it still won’t protect you.”
According to Reuters, nearly one in six couples in the US have trouble conceiving a baby, and about half the time, the man is responsible for the problem. Of course, there are other factors that can lead to infertility, but using a laptop is becoming a bigger and bigger problem.
Sheynkin says that the heat from the computer isn’t the only problem. When you place a computer on your lap, you typically sit with your legs together. This body heat also helps to “cook” your testicles.
But spreading your legs won’t help much either. According to Sheynkin, men who use a large laptop pad and keep their legs open wide, will only buy an extra twenty minutes before their testicles reach a dangerous temperature.
Using your laptop is a dangerous thing. Apparently, not only can you cook your testicles, but you can cook your skin. Ever heard of toasted skin syndrome?