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June 14th, 2012
12:41 PM ET

E-Block: The truth behind the 'underwear' study

We do a lot of segments on this show about things that don't add up but today we found something that actually does.

For years now people have joked that men should switch from briefs to boxers if they want to increase their fertility.
It was always considered an old wives tale but according to a new study conducted by the Universities of Manchester and Sheffield – it's TRUE.The study, which included more than two thousand patients in 14 different fertility clinics across the United Kingdom found that men who wore looser-fitting undergarmets – i.e. boxer shorts were more likely to have a higher number of healthy swimmers.

Optimum fertility occurs at temperatures below that of your own body and so, a little breathing room actually improves production.

But everything the doctors have been telling you guys about ways to up your count isn't true.
According to the researchers

"[This study] overturns much of the current advice given to men about how they might improve their fertility... many common lifestyle risks may not be as important as we previously thought," said Dr. Andrew Povey, University of Manchester.

Specifically, the researchers found that a man's weight, his use of tobacco, alcohol or recreational drugs had little or no  on his level of fertility. Yes, what doctors have been saying for decades is apparently, wrong.
But the bottom line is this:
It's just a matter of time until Mayor Bloomberg tries to get in your pants and ban your tighty whities.


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  1. Kenneth Landriau

    I can prove it. After a 3 year drought, the switch from briefs to boxers produced six children in seven years.

    June 14, 2012 at 3:03 pm | Reply

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