Does taking bath in hot water affect fertility

 Does taking bath in hot water affect fertility

Men who are having trouble conceiving may want to stay out of the hot tub for awhile, according to a study by University of California researchers.

After analyzing data from infertile men who had been repeatedly exposed to high water temperatures from hot tubs, Jacuzzis, or hot baths for about 30 minutes a week, they found a strong link to their infertility.

In fact, all of the men had signs of infertility, including impaired Sperm production and motility.

The good news is that the heat-induced damage appears to be reversible. When the men stopped their exposure to wet heat, total mean sperm counts increased by 491 percent after three to six months.

Among the men whose sperm counts did not increase, the researchers speculated that tobacco use may have been to blame, as most of the men whose Sperm counts did not increase were chronic smokers. In these kinds of situations, sperm count booster comes in handy to increase the sperm count. 

Findings from a three-year study support current advice that men should avoid 'overheating' their sperm.

Sperm counts in five of 11 men with fertility problems soared by 491% after they stopped having baths or using the hot tub for a few months.

Other research has shown heat from laptop use and wearing tight underwear can reduce fertility the Journal of the Brazilian Society of Urology reports.

The researchers from the University of California, San Francisco, said although it had been believed for decades that 'wet heat' could damage fertility, there had been very little research.

Men attending a fertility clinic who were exposed to more than 30 minutes per week of 'wet heat' through hot baths, Jacuzzis or hot tubs, were recruited to the study.

After three to six months of staying out of the bath, just under half the men showed dramatic five-fold improvement in sperm count.

Sperm motility increased from 12% to 34% in the men who responded to cutting out baths.

Five of the six men who showed no improvement were chronic smokers, which the researchers said could have influenced the lack of response


How to Increase Your Fertility

If you are experiencing fertility problems, improving your diet is an excellent first step toward remedying the problem, as without the proper nutrients, all of your body systems, including your reproductive system, will not work optimally.

Following this change with regular exercise, plenty of sleep and keeping your stress levels under control will go a long way toward helping your fertility naturally.

I would advise anyone who’s planning to have children to adhere to these principles even if they’re not having trouble conceiving, as your body will need the extra energy and support provided by a healthy lifestyle during pregnancy and parenthood.

Cool environment

Sperm are known to develop best in cool surroundings which is why the testicles are situated outside the man's body within the scrotum.

Study leader, Dr Paul Turek, director of the UCSF Male Reproductive Health Center said: "These activities can be comfortably added to that list of lifestyle recommendations and 'things to avoid' as men attempt to conceive."

He added that if men could improve their fertility through avoiding hot baths, couples may be able to avoid IVF or choose less invasive treatment.

"Couples really prefer having kids at home and not with technology. This is a way to help them do that."

According to Dr Turek, the only other published study looking at the link between hot baths and fertility was done in 1965.

After exposing men to 'wet heat' for 30 minutes on alternating days, researchers found a temporary decline in sperm production but did not look at sperm quality before and after the study.

Dr Allan Pacey, senior lecturer in andrology at the University of Sheffield said it seemed intuitive that hot baths could contribute to reduced numbers of sperm but it was unclear whether it actually contributed to fertility.

"Ideally, this study needs to be repeated with a much larger number of patients, and with a clearly defined control group, before we can be certain that hot baths are a genuine risk factor for male sub-fertility

"Changes in sperm quality are one thing, but it is pregnancies that matter.

"However, it would do no harm for men who are concerned about their fertility to take a shower instead of a bath." 



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Modified on 07 May, 2020

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