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How laptop’s heat can frizzle men’s sperm sterile

ANI  London, November 07, 2012
First Published: 12:56 IST(7/11/2012) | Last Updated: 13:13 IST(7/11/2012)

A couple from Clanfield, Hampshire tried in vain to start a family until the doctors told the husband that the laptop he always placed on his knees was the reason why his wife was not being able to conceive.

The doctors said that the laptop generated so much heat around Scott Reed’s testicles that his sperm was being damaged, the Mirror reported.

Reed, 30, immediately started using the laptop on a table – and 3 months later his wife Laura, also 30, became pregnant with their daughter Taryn.

Now, 10 months after Taryn’s birth, the couple still can’t quite believe the answer was so simple.

“I’ve never heard of this happening before. It was a real shock,” Laura, a pathologist, said.

“Scott would use his laptop in the evenings for a couple of hours on and off while we were watching television.

“He used it for work and general things like Facebook. We had absolutely no idea the damage it was causing him,” she said.

The couple had been considering IVF when their GP sent them for tests at Queen Alexandra hospital in Portsmouth.

“Apparently the problem is common in chefs because they work in a hot environment,” Reed, an electrician, said.

“But I’d never have dreamt it could be caused by a laptop computer,” he said. (ANI)


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