March 8, 2019

Can sitting in hot water have an effect on a man's ability to reproduce?

Can sitting in hot water have an effect on a man’s ability to reproduce?

Hot Water

You might want to rethink buying that hot tub if you’re planning to have children in the near future.

According to Dr. Graham Greene, an associate professor in the UAMS Department of Urology, elevated water temperature can effect spermatogenesis, or the process of sperm formation. “I advise any male interested in fathering a child to avoid temperatures greater than 100 degrees. It can take up to six months to recover normal sperm parameters,” says Dr. Greene. These include sperm count, movement, shape and structure.

Men are most likely to be fertile with a count greater than 20 million sperm per milliliter, if more than 50% of sperm are moving and more than 30% of the sperm have a normal shape and structure.

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