Infertility and Laptops

Researchers warn laptop users of infertility risk – Computerworld
Researchers warn laptop users of infertility risk
Years of frequent laptop use ‘may cause irreversible’ problems, they say

DECEMBER 09, 2004 (IDG NEWS SERVICE) – Laptops should be used as desktops if men want to protect their reproductive health, according to a new study published today.

A combination of the heat generated by a laptop and the position of the thighs that ‘s needed to balance the computer leads to higher temperatures around a man’s genitals and over time can result in decreased sperm production, according to the study “Increase in Scrotal Temperature in Laptop Computer Users,” which was published in the U.K. journal Human Reproduction.

Though further research is needed, teenage boys and young men should limit the use of computers on their laps, said Dr. Yefim Sheynkin, the leader of the State University of New York at Stonybrook research team responsible for the article. “It’s possible that external protective devices could help,” he said.

Let’s count the days until the mac fanatics pronounce this to be a Windows-only problem…


  1. The heat in our house is….unreliable. I have to remember to shut the laptop when I leave the room because the kitties roost on it for the heat, and kittie dandruff isparticularly bad for keyboard workings.

    But I type a lot w/the machine on my lap, for various reasons. I’m thinking the researchers are not quite on the money.

    Now it is true that I have never actually owned a pair of cojones, and I am a short woman. I’m trying to get myself & my laptop & my thighs into a position to raise my hypothetical testicles’ temperature…it doesn’t seem to work for me.

    Nope, it is an association, not causal. I challenge you guys with testes & laptops–does this actually make sense to you?

  2. So, let me get this straight. It only lowers the production according to this study. Hmm… sounds like people need to simply try more times. This doesn’t sound like a bad thing. Or, is sexual intercourse viewed as a chore these days?

    Sheesh, the medical reporting community should get a grip.