Dr. Bastuba, a male fertility specialist, shares how working on a laptop can affect a man's sperm count.
Dr. Bastuba: Well what we do know is that the testicles typically run about one to two degrees less than the rest of their body. The testicles are in a pretty dangerous area when you think about them as compared to ovaries. Ovaries are up in the pelvis protected by large bones; the testicles are kind of hanging in the breeze out there and there’s a reason for it. They typically run at a cooler temperature so that anything that could potentially chronically raise the temperature of the testicles could have the opportunity to decrease sperm counts or affect other things that are important for male fertility.
So if a male is having the laptop right on their lap long hours then that could potentially have a negative impact, easily solved by placing a pillow on your lap, underneath the computer, or many of the computer holders that are now available. So it’s wise to think about that. My experience is that it is not typically a problem as long as you are not having long hours with it right on your lap.
About Dr. Martin D. Bastuba:
As San Diego's leading subspecialist in male fertility and male and female sexual dysfunction issues, Dr. Martin Bastuba gives hope to couples who have been unable to conceive, and to men and women who are experiencing the anxieties and frustration of sexual dysfunction. He offers complete diagnosis, treatment, prevention techniques and education for his patients.