Boxers vs briefs: Men who wear boxers have higher sperm count

Boxers vs briefs: Men who wear boxers have higher sperm count

"These results point to a relatively easy change that men can make when they and their partners are seeking to become pregnant", Lidia Mínguez-Alarcón, the study's lead author and a researcher at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, said in a press release.

The team of U.S. researchers examined data on 656 men who were part of couples seeking treatment at a fertility centre in America between 2000 and 2017. Those men had 25 percent higher sperm concentrations and 17 percent higher total sperm counts, compared with men who did not, the study found. They were given the choice of "boxers", "jockeys", "bikinis", "briefs", or "other".

Men who wore boxers also had higher percentages of motile sperm or sperm that are capable of moving through the female reproductive system and fertilizing an egg.

A study has found that men in Y-fronts produce less sperm compared with those who choose underwear that gives their testicles room to cool down.

The men, between the ages of 32 and 39, were surveyed about the style of underwear they had been wearing for the past three months.

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Men who wear tight underwear could increase their chances of having children by switching to looser fitting boxer shorts, scientists are recommending.

FSH is known to play an important role in male fertility and is associated with sperm production.

Previous research has linked increased scrotal temperatures to adverse testicular function, so the team of experts set out to examine whether a man's type of underwear had any effect.

Importantly, while those differences were significant, none of the men had clinically low sperm counts - so while wearing looser boxers might be better for your sperm count, going for tighter ones wouldn't necessarily make you infertile. The authors say this might indicate that brief-wearers' bodies have a mechanism that compensates for lower sperm levels by sending signals to the brain to boost hormone production.

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