Friday fertility fundas: Can keeping a laptop on your lap cause infertility in men?

Updated: Dec 14, 2017, 11:28 IST | mid-day online correspondent | Mumbai

Fertility is a topic that most people shy away from talking about. But when it comes to burning questions that you are just too shy to ask someone face to face, we have the answers for you

Fertility is a topic that most people shy away from talking about. But when it comes to burning questions that you are just too shy to ask someone face to face, we have the answers for you; answered by our expert Dr Rajalaxmi Walavalkar: Consultant, IVF and reproductive surgery, Cocoon Fertility.

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A very common question most people have is can laptops lead to infertility? Here’s what Dr Rajalaxmi Walavalkar thinks.

Human males have testicles outside their bodies so they can be at least two degrees cooler than the rest of our body. Anything that affects their temperature can affect fertility. There’s a clear link that regular exposure to heat reduces a man’s sperm count and quality. After an hour of laptop use, scrotal temperature could jump by about five degrees Fahrenheit.

Electromagnetic frequencies (EMF) produced by both laptops and smartphones reduce fertility potential in both men and women. Also laptop use is linked to more likely hood of a sedentary life style and this could in turn predispose to obesity and infertility.

Some studies suggest that laptop use is less damaging to women's fertility than to men's as female reproductive organs are inside their bodies and well protected by layers of skin, muscle and different organs.

Dr. Rajlakshmi, trained in Mumbai and in the UK. She has a UK Completion of Consultant Training (CCT) accreditation. She did a Reproductive Medicine and Surgery Fellowship from Guy’s and St. Thomas’ Hospital, London and is awarded the Reproductive Medicine and Surgery Advanced Training Skills Module of the RCOG trained in Gynecology and Early Pregnancy Ultrasound. She has specific papers on IVF, MVA and minimal access and robotic surgery and has written postgraduate book chapters. She has given over 50 regional, national, international invited talks. Whilst in the UK, she was a Local Education Authority elected Governor to a special Needs School in London

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