Silk Boxers VS Cotton Briefs: The Plausibility of Myths Behind Men's Fertility Silk boxer shorts may not be comfortable to some men who find the snug and comfortable fit of cotton briefs more appealing. But in matters of fertility, experts of WebMD say that in half of infertile
BigNews.Biz - Jul 22,2010 - Silk boxer shorts may not be comfortable to some men who find the snug and comfortable fit of cotton briefs more appealing. But in matters of fertility, experts of WebMD say that in half of infertile couples, a low sperm count is the root of their inability to conceive. WebMD suggests that men can improve their fertility by a change in their preference of underwear.
Deb Levine of CNN describes infertility as "the inability to get pregnant after one year of unprotected sexual intercourse." She says that statistics show that about 35 to 40 percent of infertility problems are the result of male conditions, and further explains the role of men in reproduction.
Apparently during ejaculation, 200 million sperm cells are released with the semen. In most cases, only 15 to 45 million of these are adequately healthy for the fertilization process and only a fractional 400 sperm cells will survive out of these healthy sperm cells.
The fertility myth in men involving briefs and boxers have been debated over for years. It was believed that wearing tight briefs made men infertile, and wearing boxers would be the best option to optimize the male fertility. Yet to be scientifically proven, these claims are actually plausible, WebMD suggests.
"The temperature of the testes is at issue…" says Jeanie Lerche Davis of WebMD. In order to produce high quality and quantities of sperm, the testes' temperature is supposed to be below core temperature. Davis identifies that when men wear briefs, they are drawing their testicles closer to their core body temperature, rendering their testes unable to produce a sufficient amount of sperm cells.
Dr. Amos Grunebaum, the Director of Clinical Maternal-Fetal Medicine at the New York Hospital at Cornell Weill Medical College points out that it does take 10 to 11 weeks to produce sperm. "You can't just wear boxer shorts the night before [a] romantic date, and expect it to work. Anything you do that damages sperm will affect them for the next 10 to 11 weeks," he tells WebMD.
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