The number of men suffering from painful testicular problems is on the rise - thanks to the current fashion for tight jeans, experts have claimed. 12 JULY 2012
Russell Brand pictured in West Hollywood Photo: REXMedical experts, including Dr Hilary Jones, have reported an increase in injuries being caused by the jeans, which are favoured by celebs such as Russell Brand, Jude Law and Joey Essex. Russell Brand commits every imaginable crime to fashion (in one outfit)20 things women hate about men's wardrobesThe trendy denims are causing twisted testicles, bladder weakness and even urinary tract infections.Low sperm count and fungal infections are also being put down to the tight-fitting jeans.
IN PICTURES: 20 things women hate about men's wardrobes. Yesterday Dr Jones, who is working with TENA on a project to highlight the dangers, said: ''I have seen several cases of men who have twisted their testicles due to wearing jeans that are far too tight. ''My advice would be to make sure you leave plenty of room around the groin area and that your pants and trousers feel comfortable so you're not being restricted in any way.''Men who wear tight or ill-fitting trousers, or underwear which is restrictive around the groin area could be damaging their health.
''Wearing tight-fitting clothing over a prolonged period of time can lead to urinary tract infections leading to over-activity of the bladder - a type of bladder weakness as well as a low sperm count and fungal infections.''Please don't put style before health.''Twisted testicles occur when tight trousers prevent the spermatic cord from moving freely, meaning it twists and leads to testicular torsion which cuts off the blood supply requiring immediate surgery to prevent a gangrenous testicle. Tight-fitting jeans around the groin area can put additional pressure on the bladder but can also lead to bacteria breeding and re-entering the body causing urinary tract infections.This increases the need to urinate more frequently and can cause severe pain.
Dr. Hilary's warning comes as a study of 2,000 British men, conducted by TENA Men, the leading male bladder weakness brand, revealed one in ten men have experienced an unpleasant side-effect as a result of wearing skinny jeans.Of those men suffering from skinny jeans, half had experienced groin discomfort; over a quarter had bladder troubles while one in five suffered a twisted testicle.Worryingly, one in four regularly squeeze into jeans- with the biggest reasons given for enduring tightness being 'to show I can still fit in them' and 'because they look good.'In fact, three in ten has suffered discomfort from tight jeans and forty per cent of men admit they sometimes sacrifice comfort over style.
One in seven British men regularly wear skinny jeans, but more than a third confess they don't actually know their correct jean size.And when it comes to picking jeans, just seven per cent described softness and comfort as an important factor.