Can Your Laptop Make You Infertile?

Can Your Laptop Make You Infertile? October 5, 2010

Watch where you put that thing:

According to researchers at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, there is a direct correlation between laptop use and increased scrotum temperature. In fact, hot laptops have been found to increase the temperature of scrotums up to 35 degrees above the normal body temperature of 98.6 degrees.

This increase has a well-documented harmful effect on sperm production, which may lead infertility. Other studies have found that heated car seats have a similar effect on sperm production.

Korman suggests using common sense. Meaning, if your laptop feels hot, don’t put it on your lap.

“Get a laptop desk or a laptop cooler — they now make ones that have fans in them. It’s common sense. If it’s hot, then don’t put it on you. Also, some computers are hotter than others so find out the specs before you buy.”

[On Edit:]  A reader writes in reply to my choice to run this story:

Is this on a philosophy blog in homage to Duns Scrotus?

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