Boxers vs briefs: Men who wear boxers have higher sperm count

Boxers vs briefs: Men who wear boxers have higher sperm count

In this cross-sectional study, semen samples were analyzed from 656 male partners of couples seeking infertility treatment at a treatment centre from 2000-2017, to assess the effect of underwear choice on sperm quantity.

So, gentlemen, increasing your sperm production is as simple as changing your underwear.

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In addition, there is an assumption that the quality of sperm can affect men underwear: narrower trousers can increase the temperature of the scrotum, which prevents the release of enzymes, which are responsible for sparsogenes. "Guys who wear boxers had higher sperm concentration than men who wore more tightly fitting underwear".

That's not the only advantage to looser fitting undergarments: Men who mostly wore boxers also had a higher percentage of what's known as motile sperm.

At the same time, men who prefer the "boxers" also had a low level of concentration of follicle stimulating hormone needed to regulate sperm production.

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.

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However, other experts said they wouldn't make a flat-out recommendation for men to switch to boxers. He explained that for men who are having difficulty conceiving or are trying to conceive, it may be a good idea to pay heed to the results of this study.

"Men who wore tighter underwear had lower sperm counts than men who wore the most loose underwear", said senior researcher Dr. Jorge Chavarro, an associate professor of medicine with the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston.

Guys with tighter-fitting pants also had higher levels of a hormone that encourages sperm production - likely to compensate for all the seed that gets fried in their high-temperature unmentionables, researchers said.

Other lifestyle activities of these men were also seen.

'We aren't told what "frequently" means in terms of their underwear use - how many hours a day, how many days a week - but actually it doesn't really matter since none of the underwear types being investigated caused a problem'.

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.

Other factors that might affect scrotal heat - such as the type of pants worn and underwear fabric - could also affect the results.

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