Wear boxers instead of briefs for higher sperm count

Wear boxers instead of briefs for higher sperm count

Wear boxers instead of briefs for higher sperm count

The study included men who visited the Massachusetts General Hospital for fertility problems.

"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.

The researchers found men who reported primarily wearing boxers had a 25 per cent higher sperm concentration and 17 per cent higher total count, compared to those who usually wore a different type of underwear.

Lead author, Lidia Mínguez-Alarcon, said, "These results point to a relatively easy change that men can make when they and their partners are seeking to become pregnant". Could modern living really be threatening the survival of our species?

"It is a simple measure to wear boxer shorts when there is uncertainty regarding fertility", he commented.

"In theory, their sperm production will likely be comparable to that of men wearing boxers but in the absence of data we can not tell for sure".

For all men who are anxious about their sperm count, here's a bit of a news that might interest you. Almost half of the men - 345, said that they preferred boxer shorts over bikini briefs for men.

The findings suggest that this hormone kicks into gear when it needs to compensate for increasing scrotal temperatures and decreasing sperm counts in tight underwear.


According to a paper published on Wednesday in the journal Human Reproduction, men who frequently wear loose-fitting boxers have significantly higher sperm concentrations and total sperm count than their brief-wearing brethren.

Blood samples of 304 of the men were analysed and showed men who wore boxers had 14 per cent lower levels of follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) compared with men who didn't wear boxers.

Although this study was not created to directly measure fertility, these results do suggest an easy way for men to help their chances of improving their fertility.

Your underwear choices might also affect the quality of your sperms.

"This hypothesis requires confirmation by further research", she added.

The men were also made to answer questions regarding their lifestyle, diet and exercise routines along with their underwear preferences. 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.

It's also important to note that the study wasn't able to consider some factors that could affect testicular temperatures, such as the type of underwear fabric, or whether the men wore tight trousers such as skinny jeans, the researchers said.

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