Excessive laptop use may impact men's ability to become dads, says a new study.
"Laptops are becoming increasingly common among young men wired into to the latest technology," said Suzanne Kavic, MD, director of the division of reproductive endocrinology at Loyola University Health System (LUHS) and associate professor in the department of obstetrics and gynecology and department of medicine at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine.
"However, the heat generated from laptops can impact sperm production and development making it difficult to conceive down the road," she added.
Kavic recommends placing laptops on desktops to prevent damaging sperm and decreasing counts and motility. Other tips to protect male fertility include: avoiding hot tubs, using boxers over briefs, refraining from ejaculating too frequently, exercising moderately, avoiding exercise that can generate heat or trauma to the genital area, eating well, taking a daily multivitamin, getting eight hours of sleep per night and staying hydrated and limiting caffeine to no more than two cups per day.
Other tips include: refraining from smoking, avoiding drugs and excessive alcohol use, minimizing exposure to toxins, avoiding excessive weight gain or weight loss and practicing stress reduction techniques.