Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Can Laptops Impair Fertility?

It's fairly common knowledge that men should avoid too much heat around the scrotum, as it may cause damage to the sperm.  This usually translates into a switch from briefs to boxers and avoidance of hot tubs.  Now, with modern technology, there appears to be a new possible threat....the laptop computer!

Speaking on behalf of the British Fertility Society, Dr Allan Pacey, senior lecturer in Andrology at the University of Sheffield, said: "We already know that increasing the temperature of the testicles can affect sperm production.

BBC NEWS | Health | Laptops may damage male fertility

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Over 35?

Some new testing is being performed to help women over 35 determine if their fertility is compromised by age. This is important information since more and more women are delaying childbearing until they are well into their thirties.

Because the biological clocks of women move at various rates, the chances of becoming pregnant also differ. Dr. Peter Ahlering of the Sher Institute for Reproductive Medicine (SIRM), said a few simple blood tests and an ultrasound can be used to find out a woman's ovarian reserve, or fertility potential. He notes these tests allow doctors to "identify those patients where their ovaries are acting older than their chronological age."

News 8 Austin | 24 Hour Local News | HEADLINES | New fertility tests for women over 35

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