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This is the truth about whether resting your laptop on your lap affects your fertility

It's a common worry

This is the truth about whether resting your laptop on your lap affects your fertility
30 April 2018

Unless you’re at work or maybe on a train, the chances are pretty high that you use your computer by resting it on your lap. But have you ever wondered what impact this might be having on your between-me-down-theres? My computer is pretty old and it feels like it gets as hot as the sun… and what about radiation? Is that an issue?

Now, a panel of experts have spoken to The Verge about everything you could ever want to know on the topic.

Essentially, it’s pretty good news. There is no credible evidence that using a laptop on your lap will damage your genitals or have any real effect on your fertility.

Keep your laptop on your lap? No need to panic

Dr John Emory, an endocrinologist at the University of Washington Medical Centre, said: “The good news is that laptop use shouldn’t have any negative impact on fertility.”

Dr Sarah Vaugh, an infertility fellow at Stanford University, agreed that there are not enough studies on the issue to prove that this is a major problem.

And the reason that we don’t really need to be worried is that laptops don’t get hot enough to cause any real damage. It’s true that testicles need to remain cool – that’s why they’re on the outside of the body – but laptop heat just isn’t high enough to affect sperm production.

However, the experts agreed that if you are concerned about your fertility you might want to stick to a desk just in case.

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And they also agreed that radiation from a laptop is so tiny you really don’t need to worry – it’s the same amount of radiation as going on a plane or even walking around outside.

The doctors, however, did have some advice about other things you should avoid to make sure your fertility isn’t damaged:

  • Prolonged time spent in very hot hot-tubs
  • Marijuana
  • Opiates
  • Alcoholism

Smoking, drinking and drugs are far more likely to affect your sperm than a laptop

And, according to the NHS, if you or your partner has been diagnosed with a low sperm count, there are several options available. You can help maximise your chances of conceiving by:
  • Having sex every two or three days
  • Moderating your alcohol consumption and stopping smoking
  • Staying in good shape, exercising regularly and having a healthy, balanced diet

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