Fashion trends have changed much over the years and men's underwear is no exception. The two most common design types are briefs and boxer shorts with the primary difference between the two being size and fit. Briefs are smaller and fit more snugly, thus they adhere to the shape of the body better. Boxers on the other hand fit more loosely and are found to be more comfortable by many men. While there are several reasons why some men prefer one style over the other, one recent argument has been suggested that the actual design may have an affect on male sexual health.
Briefs are considered the traditional male undergarment. Many feel that they define the figure of a man and are sexier than boxer shorts. Boxers on the other hand are for those that are uncomfortable with the tight fit of briefs. Some men however find boxer shorts annoying when worn under long pants.
Recently however, arguments have been made about whether the actual design of these types of undergarments affect fertility. According to some, wearing tight briefs generates an increase in temperature in the testes. They believe that this raise in temperature destroys sperm cells and can result in infertility. Another concern is that tight briefs restrict movement of the penis and that constant exercise is necessary to keep the penis stimulated and keep the blood flow constant. Brief manufacturers however insist that such claims are baseless and that there is no significant difference in the use of briefs and boxer shorts regarding male fertility.
In one study, men were asked to wear briefs and boxer shorts over a specified period of time. The most important factor in the experiment was the measurement of heat in the testes. The results from this study suggests that the claim that briefs generate excessive heat is purely exaggerated and that briefs do not generate enough heat to disturb the balance in men's reproductive organs. In addition, there was no significant distinction observed in terms of the temperature of the testes after wearing briefs and boxer short.
Based on these conclusions, it would seem that male underwear preferences have no effect on the fertility of men. The facts clearly indicate that choosing between a brief and a boxer short should not be based on fertility issues. Rather style and comfort are the only important determining factors when selecting undergarments.
Posted by PRS
Saturday, February 3rd, 2007
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