Heated seats in cars blamed for low male fertility
Deutsche Presse Agentur
Tuesday September 5, 2006
Dusseldorf- Heated seats in cars may be more to blame for declining male fertility than tight trousers, a urologist warned Tuesday, two days before a German conference on men's illnesses. Herbert Sperling, who is to chair the meeting in Dusseldorf, said electrically heated seat covers, which are popular in wintry places, could reduce the growth of sperm.
Slow and mis-shapen sperm were also more common in drivers who spent long periods on hot seats.
"I think heated seats are a bigger risk than tight trousers," said Sperling, referring to common guidance that loose clothing may promote male fertility. The seats heated the temperature of the testicles to 38 degrees celsius, 3 degrees more than normal, he said.
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