Boxers or briefs? Researchers from the Harvard T. Chan School of Public Health have new findings that may help settle the debate. Men who wear boxers tend to have higher sperm counts and better quality sperm than men who wear tighter underwear, according to a study published Wednesday in the journal Human Reproduction. That finding may warrant a wardrobe change among men actively looking to father a child, says study co-author Jorge Chavarro, an associate professor of nutrition, epidemiology and medicine at Harvard.
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But for fertility doctors, that question has quite a different connotation. Wondering which part of the underwear aisle to do your shopping in? Thankfully, science has some answers about the likelihood that your choice is affecting your sperm, and what you can do about it. Tighter underwear styles like briefs and boxer briefs are obviously popular choices. In the study, the researchers asked more than men who were part of couples seeking treatment at a fertility center to self-report their underwear preferences. Those who wore boxers were found to have 25 percent more sperm—and those sperm were found to be healthier. Interestingly, the non-boxer wearers had higher levels of follitropin—also known as follicle stimulating hormone—which is involved in sperm production.
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The study is the largest of its kind and also revealed that men who wore boxers also had lower levels of follicle-stimulating hormone FSH , which stimulates sperm production as compensation for testicular damage that has arisen as a result of increased scrotal temperatures and decreased sperm count and concentration. A total of men aged between 18 and 56 were involved in the study, which examined a number of previously unexplored variables related to testicular function, such as sperm DNA damage and reproductive hormones. According to the team of Harvard researchers, including this information was crucial in fostering a deeper understanding of how underwear choices affects sexual development in men. Participants were recruited via calling on male partners in couples who were seeking fertility treatment at the Massachusetts General Hospital between and
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