Wearing Loose Pants Can Improve Your Sperm Count

Men trying to become fathers are better off wearing loose underwear rather than briefs according to a study published on Thursday

What's more, the researchers found that men who wore tighter underwear had higher levels of a hormone called follicle stimulating hormone (FSH), which stimulates sperm production.

The study, which included more than 600 men, found that those who wore boxers had higher sperm counts than those who wore tighter underwear, such as briefs or jockeys.

They sought to test the theory that briefs, being more constricting, raise scrotal temperature and have a negative effect on fertility.

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

Commenting on the research, Sheena Lewis, emeritus professor of reproductive medicine at Queen's University Belfast, said: 'The most important take home message from this study is that neither boxer shorts, jockeys nor bikinis led to a drop in sperm counts below the normal range. FSH is a hormone that is known to play a role in male fertility.

The reason briefs may impact sperm counts is that they keep the testes close to the body, Chavarro said. "We're talking in the neighborhood of about 20 million sperm difference", he said. Along with hot Jacuzzis, tight briefs have been implicated in lowered fertility in men for a long time.

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Men who wear tight-fitting briefs have sperm counts that suffer in comparison to men who wear boxers, according to results from the largest study to date on the controversial topic. The generous lads supplied researchers with a semen sample and a blood sample on the same day, as well as answering a questionnaire about the types of undies they had worn in the previous months. "Men who may benefit the most are men who've been trying a while and continue to struggle getting their partners pregnant".

But before you panic about your choice of trousers for the a year ago, it's worth noting that while sperm counts were higher in those that wore boxers, the research didn't find evidence that wearing other styles of underwear would drastically drop your sperm's quality or count. "The testes of men wearing tighter fitting underwear would be exposed to higher temperatures than those wearing looser fitting ones". "This was reflected both in sperm concentration as well as in total sperm count".

A number of small-scale studies previously have linked tighter underwear to lower sperm counts, Chavarro said. Underwear choice had no effect on these other markers.

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.

While the study is extensive, it has a few possible caveats.

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