New research found men who wear boxer shorts have higher sperm count

Men trying to become fathers are better off wearing loose underwear rather than briefs according to a study published on Thursday

They should probably choose boxers next time.

Scientists at the Harvard T H Chan School of Public Health tested 656 men and found that those who wore boxers had 25% more sperm per millilitre and 17% in each ejaculate than those that wore briefs, jockeys or smaller trousers.

He cautioned that there is no definitive proof that switching underwear style would make any difference because there may be other factors behind the link between wearing boxers and increased sperm count.

Men who primarily wore boxer shorts had a 25 per cent higher sperm concentration, a 17 per cent higher total sperm count and 33 per cent more swimming sperm in a single ejaculation than people with tighter trousers, the study found.

"These results point to a relatively easy change that men can make when they and their partners are seeking to become pregnant", Lidia Mínguez-Alarcón, lead author of the study and research scientist at the Harvard Chan School, said in a statement. To understand this, the researchers first collected semen samples from 656 men between the ages of 32 and 39 and asked them what they preferred more, boxers or briefs.

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Among the study participants, 53% reported mostly wearing boxers. It was published Wednesday in the journal Human Reproduction.

That's not the only advantage to looser fitting undergarments: Men who mostly wore boxers also had a higher percentage of what's known as motile sperm. These sperm are more adept at moving through the female reproductive system and fertilizing an egg, according to the study.

MEN who wear boxer shorts may have better sperm than those who opt for briefs, a new study suggests.

"Because of this, we were able to find a potential compensatory mechanism whereby decreased sperm production relating to the type of underwear signals to the hypothalamus to increase secretion of gonadotropin [s], [hormones that act] on the testes and that is reflected by the increased levels of FSH, to try to increase sperm production".

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