Keeping your laptop on your lap isn’t a major risk to your fertility

Sometimes I worry about my eggs, especially when I sit with a laptop in my lap, also known as my ovaries. Maybe you worry about your eggs, or your sperm, when you're resting with your laptop. So, can laptops affect our fertility? The answer is mostly no.

Most of the doctors I've talked to say that laptops will definitely not affect women's fertility and probably will not have a major impact on male fertility. However, at least one doctor, Michael Eisenberg, a urologist and Stanford professor, says that the external heat produced by a laptop poses a lower risk to men. If men are concerned about their viable sperm count, it might be worth it to leave the laptops in their lap and use a desk instead. It is probably not the main cause of fertility problems, but it could be taken into account if someone is already experiencing problems conceiving.

All doctors cite a study that showed men who frequently sit in hot tubs will experience a decrease in sperm viability. Our laptops do not heat up as much as a whirlpool, so doctors do not care about the external heat of the laptop. The ovaries of women, on the other hand, are embedded in the body and are not as reactive to external heat. So women, we're fine for now. Men, maybe they use a desk if they're worried. But if not, keep living as you do.