Why can sperm be created at body temperature?

March 24, 2010

Not many people are aware of the fact that the body temperature of an individual plays a significant role in the production of semen in the testicles. In order to have a clearer understanding of this phenomenon, one should be aware of the fact that the scrotum is usually 1 degree cooler than the rest of his body. This is the main reason that a man’s testicles are located outside his body as opposed to the woman’s ovaries – which are located within her body as there is no change in temperature required. The scrotum is specifically designed to prevent the testicles from overheating, especially since the supporting muscles are also very temperature sensitive. Studies have shown that when a man’s body temperature is at an elevated level, either because of a fever or some other illness, the sperm count is substantially less and does not usually return to normal for upto 55 days after the illness has gone. The simple action of sitting in a sauna – set roughly at around 180 degrees Fahrenheit, also has the same effect on the male’s reproductive system. Given the fact that tight fitting underwear helps keep the testicles warm, it is no wonder that infertility is very rare in the highlands of Scotland as the men there usually wear nothing underneath their kilts.

If suffering from a low sperm count because of heightened body temperature, some adjustments to your lifestyle may be required. For example, switching on to boxers will help substantially as they are rather loose fitting as compared to briefs and allow better circulation and temperature control. There are a number of simple home remedies that have proven to be rather successful when it comes to improving the male sperm count. Increasing your intake of vegetables, raw fruits and whole grains is an essential part of the process. Studies have shown that smoking and alcohol have a serious effect in lowering a person’s sperm count – so staying away from them will help substantially. Add some amount of celery and avocados to your daily meals as their nutritional contents help boost the male fertility. Obesity is a much overlooked cause of infertility and could add up to the problem of excessive scrotal temperature, making it a bigger problem to deal with. Make sure that your diet is well balanced and contains substantial amounts of vitamins and minerals rather than fat and carbohydrates. Yoga is considered to be one of the most beneficial practices to boost overall health and, thereby, sperm count as well.

Submitted by M T on March 24, 2010 at 11:41

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