Men who wear boxers have a much higher sperm count, says study

Glen Mclaughlin
August 12, 2018

Did you know? The kind of underwear you wear can affect your sperm quality.

To understand how underwear can affect sperm quality, the researchers collected semen samples - and preferences for boxers versus briefs - from 656 men between the ages of 32 and 39.

In addition, more sperm were correctly shaped.

According to new research led by Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, men who most frequently wore boxers had significantly higher sperm concentrations and total sperm counts when compared with men who did not usually wear boxers.

If you wear boxer shorts, your sperm will pack more of a punch. The study was published this week in the latest issue of the journal Human Reproduction.

The study strongly also does not prove that there is any connection between tight boxers or underwear and low sperm count.

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

Also, boxer shorts-wearing men were found to have lower levels of follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) which stimulates sperm production.

However, they said that there could be further factors that weren't included in the study.

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However, the sperm shape wasn't affected and neither was the DNA quality.

But Harvard University scientists said as no study participants went commando, they could only assume it would be good for sperm production. Along with hot Jacuzzis, tight briefs have been implicated in lowered fertility in men for a long time.

For men, deciding between boxers and briefs may be about more than just comfort - men's underwear choices may affect their sperm health, a new study suggests.

And while the underwear effect is not "dramatic", Fisch said.

However, the study didn't look at the effect of switching underwear styles on sperm count, nor did it examine whether men who wear tight underwear had lower chances of conceiving a child.

The biggest difference in sperm concentration between men wearing boxers and men wearing snugger jockeys and briefs, researchers said.

Dr Mínguez-Alarcón opined that the study was successful in investigating the relationship between the underwear type and the testicular functions, which were missing in all the previous studies done on the topic.

"Because of this, we were able to find a potential compensatory mechanism whereby decreased sperm production relating to the type of underwear signals to the hypothalamus to increase secretion of gonadotropin, a hormone that acts on the testes and that is reflected by the increased levels of FSH, to try to increase sperm production". "I generally counsel men that they can choose the type of underwear that is most comfortable", Eisenberg told "But if they do feel warm or constricted, then another type may make sense", he added.

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