A consultant paediatric surgeon, Mr. Osarumwense Osifo, has urged men to avoid wearing tight pants and sitting on vehicular engines to prevent undescended testes, which may result in infertility and cancer.
Osifo spoke yesterday while delivering a lecture entitled: ‘Undescended Testis in awareness-poor sub-region’ during the monthly seminar organised by the Institute of Child Health, University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH).
The doctor said the testes function at a temperature lower than the body temperature and wearing of tight pants and sitting on hot engines may lead to testicular malfunction.
He said: “If you are wearing tight pants, you are likely to have testicular malfunction. The reason why testes are outside the body is to relieve them of high body temperature.
“Every time the testes are plastered to your body, the body temperature would damage the testes. So, if you are wearing tight pants or sitting on hot engines, you are doing yourself a disservice.”
Osifo said undescended testes is the major cause of cancer, especially when the testis is exposed continuously to high temperature.
He said parents should not panic when they observe that their babies’ scrotums do not have testicles. The doctor said the testes may descend within seven months.