Fans sit in a sideline hot tub to watch a football game in this November 16, file photo. Men trying to father children should avoid using a hot tub because it could affect their fertility, researchers said on Tuesday. Paul J. Turek, of the University of California, San Francisco, and his team found in a small study that not taking hot baths could improve the sperm count in some infertile men. He and his colleagues identified 11 infertile men, average age 36, who habitually used a hot tub, heated Jacuzzi or hot bath for at least 30 minutes per week. After three to six months, five of the men had an average increase in total motile sperm counts of percent, according to the study published in the International Brazilian Journal of Urology.
Wet heat exposure: a potentially reversible cause of low semen quality in infertile men
Did you know that the average cisgendered male human produces approximately the same number of morphologically normal sperm per day as a hamster, despite having testicles ten times the size? Yeah, me neither. Until I started researching this article, that is. Besides being another piece of trivia to add to my arsenal of hamster knowledge Did you know that hamsters are omnivores, even though most pet hamsters are fed vegetarian diets? Human males are really inefficient at producing sperm. This means that while we can detect large changes in sperm quantity or quality, more subtle alterations in sperm characteristics are distinguishable only in large studies.
Male fertility may be compromised in hot tub users
For years, doctors have warned men having trouble conceiving to stay away from hot baths and whirlpool tubs, saying there was reason to suspect that long exposure to hot water could worsen their problems. Much of that was based on speculation. But earlier this year, a team of urologists at the University of California, San Francisco, conducted a study to measure and document the extent, if any, of this effect. The researchers did confirm the link, and then they discovered something surprising.
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