Joey Essex and Russell Brand look away now – as tight, spray-on jeans might make you look stylish - but they’re getting your testicles in a twist.
A study of 2,000 fashion-conscious men has discovered that male skinny jean wearers are putting their health (and groins) in danger of nasty side-effects - including urine infections and twisted testicles.
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The study by TENA Men found that one in 50 men risk their long-term testicle and bladder health by squeezing them into super-slim jeans in the name of fashion.
Tight-fitting jeans around the groin area can put additional pressure on the bladder. They can also lead to urinary tract infections, which increase the need to urinate and cause severe pain, says the study.
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However, this doesn’t put style-seekers off wearing them.
The study discovered that despite half of the men admitting to groin discomfort, bladder troubles (25%) and twisted testicle (2%), they carried on wearing the trousers “to show I can still fit into them” and “because they look good”.
“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,” explains Dr Hilary Jones in a statement.
“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.
“Please don’t put style before health.”
“It happened to me”
Sales executive James Coleman, 27, of Ealing, west London has suffered bladder issues from wearing tight jeans.
”I bought my pair of skinny jeans because they were fashionable, I’d recently moved to London where every street feels like a catwalk so I wanted to look good.
”My friends used to joke I looked like something out of the Wanted or One Direction but I didn’t take notice.
”At first I didn’t really have a problem and felt good wearing them but a couple of colleagues did comment on the fact they were skin tight and made my legs look ridiculously long.
”I then noticed they felt uncomfortable to wear, especially when sat down and put pressure against my bladder and stomach.
”I found myself going to the toilet more frequently than normal, which just became annoying.
”I didn’t bother going to the doctors or anything because it’s not something you want to admit – and it never occurred to me that it may have been caused by my skinny jeans.
”Since moving to London I cycle more and I decided to finally ditch the jeans after I split a seam on the tube after bending down to pick up my Oyster card.
”And since reverting back to smarter, looser fitting jeans and trousers I’ve found the problem has gone away.”
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