AUG 17, 2018 6:30 AM PDT

Is using my computer on my lap making me infertile?

Have you ever worried about using your laptop on your lap? If you're like me, you might have wondered if all that heat coming out of your laptop's fan is affecting your body in some way - particularly your fertility. Or maybe it's not just the heat you're worried about...is there radiation seeping out of there too, zapping away at your eggs or sperm? Well, you're not the only one concerned with this topic, so let's dive in to get some straight answers.

Though, of course, straight answers aren't always easy to find when "there's always more research to be done." Nevertheless, doctors are clear that as of now, there is not enough research to justify any valid concerns about laptops affecting your fertility. Yet doctors do say that due to the different structure of male and female reproductive organs, bodies can react differently. Mainly, because male testicles are on the outside of the body, they are that much more sensitive to heat. Yet, doctors say, the amount of heat generated by a laptop never reaches temperatures that could actually affect sperm count (probably), so men and women out there, you shouldn't worry about keeping your laptop on your lap because of the heat it emits. 

But what about the amount of radiation a laptop can emit? Want to learn more about the risks involved there (spoiler: almost none!)? Watch the video!

About the Author
BA Environmental Studies
Kathryn is a curious world-traveller interested in the intersection between nature, culture, history, and people. She has worked for environmental education non-profits and is a Spanish/English interpreter.
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