They might be a staple of the well-dressed geek’s wardrobe ,
but skinny jeans aren’t doing you any favors. In fact, they
might be causing you real, physical damage.
ABC recently interviewed Dr. Karen Boyle from Greater
Baltimore Medical Center, who has recently seen cases of
women suffering pain from wearing tight jeans. She explains :
“This disorder is called Meralgia Paresthetica and it’s a
disorder that occurs when one of the nerves that runs in
the outer part of a thigh gets compressed. The pressure
on it causes symptoms of tingling, numbness and pain in
the outer part of the thigh.”
According to Boyle, sufferers report a floating sensation—
basically, because they can’t feel their lower legs—along with
pain in the thighs. Ouch. Unfortunately for women, the
problem can be exacerbated by high heels, which cause the
pelvis to tilt, increasing the pressure on the nerves in
Still, men have to face up to the fact that cosseting jeans
reduce airflow around the crotch, resulting in higher
temperatures. And the knock on effect of warmer balls is,
sadly, a lower sperm count.
To alleviate nerve damage, Boyle suggests buying skinny
jeans with a little stretch to them. And whatever you do, if
you get pain or numbness in your legs thanks to tight jeans,
shift up a size—otherwise, you’re risking doing permanent
damage to your nerves.
As for curing the overheating, well, I’ll leave that to your imagination.
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