You’ve probably heard someone say by now that the type of underwear you choose can affect your sperm count. Is it true, or is this just another myth? Here at GR8NESS, we’re all about providing the hard facts when it comes to sexual and reproductive health, so we did some digging to uncover the answer. According to experts, if you have problems conceiving, your choice of boxers or briefs may be to blame.
What Science Says About Men’s Underwear
Scientists have studied the effects of men’s underwear on sperm count. How could underwear be the culprit of low sperm count, you ask? It turns out. It’s all about temperature.
For male testes to produce the optimal amount of sperm, their temperature must be lower than your regular body temperature. This means that airflow “down there” is essential to keeping your testicles cool.
Studies have shown that men who opt for tighter underwear, such as briefs instead of boxers, are at risk of having lower sperm counts. This decreased sperm count is the result of overheating, but the good news is that the solution is simple. Any decrease in sperm count as a result of wearing tight underwear is entirely reversible with a simple switch of style.
What Does This Mean for You?
By now you’re probably wondering whether or not your sperm count is at risk due to your underwear selection. It’s possible, but the frequency and length of time you wear different styles also come into play when determining whether or not your sperm is affected. Take the quiz below to see where you stand.
A Note From GR8NESS
This quiz is not intended to diagnose any men’s health issues. If you have concerns regarding your sperm count or fertility, consult with your doctor.