The testicles are located outside of the body for a reason. This is because, for healthy sperm production, the testicles need to be between 3.5 to 7 degrees cooler than the rest of the body's temperature.
Various lifestyle factors raise our bodies temperature, which can hinder our chances of conception. Now, these things are easy to miss and are activities you probably do most days, without thinking they could harm your fertility.
But, don't worry!
We've compiled a list of the main culprits to watch out for:
- Hot tubs and hot showers – Although these are relaxing and de-stressing, wet heat has been associated with decreased semen parameters in men. Now, I'm not saying that you should start bathing in ice. But, why not try cooler showers instead? Your sperm will thank you for it!
- Saunas – Although saunas have a multitude of health benefits, studies have proven that their high level of heat (typically between 180-195 degrees) is associated with the degeneration of sperm cells and so men with infertility issues should really try to avoid saunas! If you're looking for a way to destress, why not try: Fertility Yoga for Men
- Laptops - Studies have confirmed a decrease in sperm analysis parameters when men use laptops on their laps. So guys, try to sit/stand at a desk instead and, if you really can't, try putting a barrier between you and the laptop - such a as a pillow - which will protect your testicles.
- Car seat warmers – Car seat warmers directly increase scrotal temperatures. So men who drive a lot should really limit their car seat warmer usage. Why not try warming your feet or back instead?
- Sitting down for too long - Increased scrotal temperatures have been documented in those who sit for prolonged periods of the day. If you have an office job or a job that requires you to be mostly sedentary, try to get up and stretch every couple of hours or take yourself out for a walk and get your body moving, every little bit of movement helps!
- Heat exposure at work – This is often found with bakers, oven operators and factory workers who have to operate equipment that emits high levels of heat. Now, if this is your case and you can't suddenly change your job, don't stress! Why not try using a cooling underwear, such as Snowballs?
Ok guys, we hope this helps!