Which underwear helps reproductive functions in men

12 August, 2018, 01:58 | Author: Denise Dawson
  • Wearing boxer shorts could help conception

The study also found that men who wore boxers "tended to be younger, slimmer and more likely to take hot baths or Jacuzzis than the men who wore other, more tightly fitting underwear".

Studies on the impact of underwear styles on sperm production have been inconsistent, though research has shown elevated scrotal temperatures can adversely affect testicular function, the Chan School said in a statement.

The study looked at men and their partners who were seeking infertility treatment between 2000 and 2017 at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.

The findings went on to show that the men who wore boxer shorts had a 25pc higher sperm concentration, 17pc higher sperm count and 33pc more sperm in a single ejaculate.

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. Could modern living really be threatening the survival of our species?

Boxers have always been thought to be better for men's fertility.

While men who wore briefs had millions fewer sperm, that wouldn't be a problem in a man with a normal sperm count, Chavarro said.

While the age-old locker-room debate among men - boxers vs. briefs - is more aesthetic than medical, the question has always been raised: do tight-fitting shorts overheat the family jewels?

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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.

That finding suggests that, in men who wear tighter underwear, decreased sperm production may send a signal to the brain to increase levels of FSH to compensate for the lower sperm production. According to the study, these sperms are more adept at moving through the female reproductive system and fertilizing an egg.

They provided semen and blood samples and answered a questionnaire on their choice of underwear. Although, the hypothesis needs confirmation by further research.

The study also doesn't prove that tight underwear and a lower sperm count are tightly connected.

Dr. Jorge Chavarro, lead author of the study and associate professor of nutrition and epidemiology at Harvard, told NBC News their study confirms previous smaller-scale studies.

However, other experts said they wouldn't make a flat-out recommendation for men to switch to boxers.

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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