Laptops and Male fertility

Discussion in 'General Mac Discussion' started by iWaugh, May 27, 2006.

  1. iWaugh macrumors newbie

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    I hope it is ok to discuss this topic here - I wanted to know the exact correlation between laptop use and male fertlity.

    Does it affect your count only if you use it placed on the lap or even in general use like placing on the table or desk.
     
  2. LethalWolfe macrumors G3

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    IIRC it's only when used on your lap a lot because it keeps your boys too warm.


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  3. Mitthrawnuruodo Moderator emeritus

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    That's why I always have one of these between my iBook and my lap... gotta keep the boys at ~35°C ;)
     
  4. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    I don't know that any major studies have been done besides this one:

    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/..._uids=15591087&query_hl=1&itool=pubmed_docsum

    And here, the measure is the association between laptop use on the lap and increased scrotal temperature. It's a proximal and not a distal outcome, so there's no measurement AFAIK of actual rates of infertility. So the correlation you want isn't available, to my knowledge.

    But the only implication is heat generation on the lap. There isn't any other mechanism that has been supported by data, that I know of. So if you put it on the table, it should not pose a danger to your fertility....
     
  5. calebjohnston macrumors 68000

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    Does your laptop actually touch your boys? Mine hits my thighs... what's the big deal.
     
  6. weg macrumors 6502a

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    If you spend all of your time with your shiny new MacBook and no more time with your wife, you might, while technically not being infertile, be unanble to reproduce anyway.
     
  7. ITASOR macrumors 601

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    I read in a magazine that Apple computers don't have as much harm on your fertility as some PC's do...something with giving off something or other? Maybe it was BS...all I know is that this whole issue is not a Waughing matter.


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  8. jsw Moderator emeritus

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    I can't quite convince myself that this is necessarily a serious question, but assuming it is....

    There are a number of contributors to infertility. One is genetic - some people just aren't as fertile as others, all other things being equal. Clearly, the laptop won't affect this.

    The second is environmental - chemicals in the environment and diet which reduce sperm counts. Again, unless you eat it, the laptop won't affect this either.

    Third is frequency of ejaculation. Do it too seldom, and the little guys get old and less mobile. If you spend so much time with the computer that you never... release, well, the laptop might be a factor. Do it too often, and there aren't enough of the little guys produced to keep up, as it were, so, if you spend a lot of time visiting non-family-friendly (ah, a deeper meaning to that phrase now) sites, then, again, the laptop might cause problems.

    The final factor is the general temperature of the testicles. If you use the laptop on your lap without any padding and with it directly on your crotch, then, yes, it can definitely reduce fertility. Unless you live in arctic conditions, in which case it might just keep the little guys from freezing.
     
  9. iWaugh thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thank you for the replies.

    Actually it was a serious question. I had read somewhere (maybe I am mistaken and did not read correctly) that there was a increased incidence of IT professionals coming in with fertility issues and there was a male factor involved most of the time.

    Recently there was some news that even keeping cell phones in trouser pockets can reduce the count etc.. so I was wondering if this count thing is only limited to portable on the 'lap'

    Thanks again..
     
  10. iGary Guest

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    I could care less if my little swimmers are capable or not.
     
  11. jsw Moderator emeritus

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    Ah, well, then sorry for doubting. Basically, as long as you're cautious about temperatures, you'll be fine with any equipment.
    Really? You could? Because me, I couldn't. :D Sorry... pet peeve of mine. :o
     
  12. kretzy macrumors 604

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    I wonder if applying a bit of thermal paste would help...:p
     
  13. jsw Moderator emeritus

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    No!!! It'll conduct heat right there! Oh, the humanity!

    Unless you put in on like Apple. Then it's an insulator. ;)And yes, I know that's what you meant....
     
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    Grammar bitch. :rolleyes: :p
     

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