If you’re trying to conceive and encountering fertility issues then there are lots of things you can try, from IVF to hormone treatments. Now there’s a new device out there to help men if they have problems with their swimmers – and it’s genius.
Cooling cases for testicles have been invented by a team of medical scientists from Poland in a bid to boost men’s fertility. The CoolMen gadget is attached to a belt and should be worn for 12-16 hours a day for 3-4 weeks to see the result, its manufacturers say. It is essentially a testicle cooler, which costs around $304.
Testicles have to be one to two degrees cooler than a man’s body temperature for optimum sperm production, but tight clothes, saunas, and laptops can heat them up. Disorders in sperm production are most commonly associated with elevated testicular temperatures. Floundering fertility rates are also thought to be down to unhealthy modern lifestyles which involve smoking, bad diets, obesity, exposure to plastics, and inactivity.
The CoolMen is designed to be worn discreetly under clothing and is made of lightweight, flexible materials to avoid injury. It is connected to the wearer’s smartphone to allow real-time temperature monitoring and is currently undergoing medical testing. It maintains a temperature one to two degrees lower than body temperature, which is usually 37.5°C (99.5°F).
Electric devices are used to control the temperature in the elasticated gadget, and it is charged with a USB cable. The device feeds back information about testicle temperature and movement to a smartphone app, which can then be given to a doctor to consider fertility treatments.
The CoolMen can also be used to treat conditions like varicoceles, which are enlarged veins within scrotum and which make regulating the temperature of the testicle difficult.