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Does your period really sync up with women you live with?

Have you ever suspected that you and the women you see most seem to feel cranky, tired, or bloated around the same time each month? The idea of menstrual cycle syncing has been around for decades and some people have even tied the lunar cycle into the equation. But does data back up the claim that menstrual periods can really sync up? Read More

Over 40 and frequently scoping out the nearest bathroom? KSL Brandview 06/14/2017

It’s been said that there are two types of men: those that have prostate problems and those that will get them. Benign Prostate Hyperplasia (or BPH) affects a whopping 50% of men over age 50 and the cases increase with age. BPH refers to an enlarged prostate: a condition that has men getting up in the middle of the night to urinate or frequently scoping out the nearest restroom. But relief of BPH is possible and simpler than ever before thanks to a new procedure called Rezum® Water Vapor Therapy. Read More

How I healed my mind with yoga (and how you can too!)

I’m Hannah, a mental health therapist (MSW, CSW) and yoga instructor. But I wasn’t always either of these. In fact, I probably said the words “I don’t like yoga” at least a dozen times before I was 23 years old. “It’s too easy.” “It’s just stretching.” “It’s fluffy hippy-dippy stuff.” Then, at 23 years old, I went to my first hot yoga class. 90 minutes. 107 degrees. Humid. No talking. Eyes on yourself in the mirror in front of you. The instructor speaks, then you move. It was miserable. I thought to myself, “Never again…” Read More

What’s Killing Your Sperm Count?

Can laptop heat really lower your sperm count? What about skin-hugging underwear? To kick off Men’s Health Month, Urologist Bradford Stevenson is sorting fact from fiction when it comes to common sperm-killing suspects. Listen up, dads-to-be!

Does laptop heat decrease sperm count?

Portable computers placed directly on the lap tend to generate heat which can kill sperm. Elevated temperatures in the testicles decrease sperm count and it can take men up to three months to recover the sperm. This goes for other heat-inducing suspects, too:

  • Sitting in a hot tub or sauna CAN kill sperm because excessive heat is in contact with the testicles.
  • Tight underwear CAN kill sperm because the body’s heat can cause testicular hyperthermia and reduce sperm integrity.
  • Laptops CAN kill sperm when placed directly on a man’s lap. Use a desk or table to prevent losing swimmers.

What about cell phone radiation?

As soon as mobile phones became small enough to fit in our pockets, the rumors started flying. It still remains unclear whether or not cell phone radiation has a significant impact on sperm count. Some scientists believe the heat produced by a mobile phone — not the radiation — lowers sperm count. Still, more direct and controlled evidence is needed in order to prove either hypothesis.

The low-down on toxins

Ingesting chemicals can cause sperm damage and lower sperm production, but some chemicals have a stronger effect than others.

Smoking damages sperm, making them less likely to fertilize eggs.

Anabolic steroids have a negative effect on sperm production. When supplemental testosterone is given to a man, the hormonal signals that tell the testicles to make testosterone and sperm are blocked, and the man’s natural testosterone production stops.

Alcohol, if consumed in excess (more than 14 drinks per week), can decrease the production of testosterone while increasing a man’s estrogen levels.

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If you and your partner are struggling to conceive, Ogden Clinic physicians can help.  Our urologists have options for diagnosing and treating male infertility. Ogden Clinic OB/GYNs also perform evaluations for women struggling to conceive. Both departments have ties to specialists in the area if advanced fertility treatment is required.

Does Gum Stay in Your System for Seven Years?

Chances are you’ve heard the admonition to not swallow that wad of gum or it’ll stay in your digestive tract for up to seven years. Maybe there’s no garbage can in sight so instead of sticking the gum to the underside of a table, you simply swallow it; problem solved. But is the wad of Big League Chew® you ate during the midnight premiere of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone still dissolving in your gut? Gastroenterologist Josh Vandersteen has answers. Read More