By Mary Heston
Last week an article was published on Reuters titled, “Laptop Wi-Fi said to nuke sperm, but caveats abound”. The caveats in this article are provided by Dr. Oates, the president of the Society for Male Reproduction and Urology, who told Reuters Health he doesn’t believe laptops are a significant threat to male reproductive health. It is understandable that he doesn’t want parents to be concerned without real evidence and I can fully appreciate this.
At the same time they quoted him as saying that he was able to father two children even though he owns a laptop and an iPad. The point here is that laptops and iPads have not really become popular for in-home use until just recently. Parents today did not grow up having access to these tools until they were heading off to college.
The problem is not even so much the laptop, or the Wi-Fi, as much as it appears to be the heat that is given off by these devices. This heat, being directed right on our young boys mid section, may affect their sperm. The research is not fully conclusive yet and more research needs to be done. The research done in Argentina seems to be a good starting point.
We could, with some certainty, say that if our children would abstain from using laptops until they were in college, like most of us did, then there would probably be no concern about their reproductive abilities. But since our kids are using iPads and laptops as early as 3 years old now, there is reason enough to at least think about what that direct heat may be doing to our little boys.
If your little guy is going to use a laptop or iPad or other heat producing tech gadget it may be good to consider the following precautions:
1. Get them in the habit of sitting at a desk when using a laptop (even though the name of the devise is laptop)
2. Have them develop the habit of not placing these gadgets right on their laps
3. Monitor their time spent on their laptop
4. If they do want to sit with their laptop on their lap consider getting them a laptop chiller or some other device to keep the heat off of their body
5. Ensure that they are eating a healthy diet of fruits and vegetables and getting in regular exercise every day
Eating a healthy diet is the one thing that we do know for sure will positively benefit both our sons and daughters. But until the evidence is clear, I will be making sure that my sons keep their laptops off their laps.
This article was also published on Lifetime Television’s The Balancing Act blog