Laptops have changed the way computers are used. The portability of laptop was the most attractive part of the device before iphones and iPads became popular tools for browsing internet. None-the-less, laptop still tops the charts and I use it almost all the time, either at work or at home. A recent study that revealed laptop can cause toasted skin syndrome. A yet another study reveals that laptop can affect reproductive health of male.
What did the laptop study involve?
The study was lead by Dr. Yelim Sheynkin, an urologist at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. The study involved measuring of scrotum of 29 young men who balanced a laptop on their knees, which is one of the most common ways of using a laptop. The study was published in Journal of Fertility and Sterility.
What were main results of the study?
Generally, the laptop is held on the knees, which requires keeping the legs still and closed. The study revealed that:
- Men’s testicles temperature exhibited 2.5 C rise after one hour in this position.
- Laptop pads can reduce the amount of heat to scrotum, but can heat it up to undesirable levels, giving a false sense of security.
- When the men...
sat with their legs spread wide by placing the laptop on a large lap pad, it was possible to keep the testicles cooler. But it still took less than 30 minutes before they began overheating.
Does study say that male can become infertile by using laptop?
The scrotum, being outside the body, has been designed to keep testicles cooler than inside of body, which is essential for production of sperm. Earlier research has exhibited that warming the scrotum more than one degree Celsius (1.8 degrees Fahrenheit) is enough to damage sperm.
No studies have yet linked the laptops to male fertility, Dr. Sheynkin added that “I wouldn’t say that if someone starts to use laptops they will become infertile.” Though, he warned that frequent use of laptop might contribute to reproductive problems because “the scrotum doesn’t have time to cool down.”