Wear a Kilt to Increase Sperm Count
Perhaps you haven’t thought of wearing a kilt as everyday attire, but you may want to consider it if you are a man trying to keep your sperm healthy. A recent recommendation published in the Scottish Medical Journal suggests that wearing a kilt without underwear – known as “regimental style” - could increase sperm production and improve chances of fertility.
Erwin Kompanje of the Department of Intensive Care at Erasmus MC University Medical Centre in Rotterdam in The Netherlands reports that over the last few decades, there has been a global decline in human sperm counts. There are many factors involved that lead to poor semen quality, including air pollution and rising levels of obesity.
Another factor that can lead to lower sperm production is clothing that keeps a man’s reproductive organs too warm, such as tight trousers and underpants. In many mammal species, including humans, healthy sperm production requires the temperature of the scrotum to be 3 deg C lower than the body temperature. Tight underpants have been found to raise the temperature around the testicles by 3.5 deg C.
A Scottish kilt may be the answer, says Kompanje. In addition to being less restrictive attire, there are also other benefits for donning a kilt: "Wearing a kilt has strong psychological beneﬁts,” says Kompanje. “A kilt will get you noticed no matter where you are. Research indicates that men wearing a kilt experience a strong sense of freedom and masculinity and that many women are attracted to men in kilts."
Other ways to improve sperm count and quality include consuming a healthy diet rich in antioxidants from whole grains, fruits and vegetables. Reducing fatty food intake has also been shown to be beneficial, as does exercise, rest, and stress reduction.
" 'Real men wear kilts'.. The anecdotal evidence that wearing a Scottish kilt has influence on reproductive potential: how much is true?"; EJO Kompanje; Scottish Medical Journal February 2013 vol. 58 no. 1 e1-e5; DOI: 10.1177/0036933012474600.