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Report: Tight Jeans Not Good for Testicles

Update Date: Jul 13, 2012 03:41 PM EDT

Could a fashion trend among men lead to a serious medical condition?

According to a new British study, skinny jeans could cause testicular problems in men. The condition - twisted testicles -  happens "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."

TENA Men and researchers surveyed 2,000 British men and concluded that "tight-fitting jeans can cause urinary tract infections, twisted testicles, bladder weakness and long-term health consequences."

Researcher Hilary Jones said tight jeans are not good for the groin.

"I have seen several cases of men who have twisted their testicles due to wearing jeans that are far too tight," Jones said in an interview with the Telegraph. "Wearing tight-fitting clothing over a prolonged period of time can lead to urinary tract infections leading to over activity of the bladder." My advice would be to make sure you leave plenty of room around the groin area and that your [under] pants and trousers feel comfortable so you're not being restricted in any way." ''Please don't put style before health,'' Jones added.

According to the report, 50 percent of men suffering from skinny jeans experienced groin discomfort and over 25 percent suffered bladder problems. The report also stated that 1 in 5 men experienced a twisted testicle.

According to researchers, 25 percent of men wore skinny jeans on a regular basis "simply because they look good or to show that they can still fit in them."

Zoe Brimfield, TENA Men brand manager, said the survey was to highlight that while men may like the look of tight-fitting jeans, it's important that they are not compromising their health.

"Wearing skinny or ill-fitting jeans can lead to bladder weakness as a longer-term consequence," Brimfield said. "Male bladder weakness is more common than people think, with 1 in 9 men in the UK currently experiencing some form of the condition."

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