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Skinny jeans may be hazardous to your health, UK study finds


This man may want to reconsider his life choices in pants. Musician Adam Levine of the band Maroon 5 performs at the Maroon 5 Video Shoot for 'Moves Like Jagger' with Christina Aguilera on July 8, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.


Christopher Polk

Hipster-haters, rejoice: skinny jeans may be hazardous to your health. 

Testicular problems in young men are rising, health experts say, and the problem may be linked to the growing popularity of too-tight jeans, reported the UK's Telegraph newspaper. 

A variety of health problems are being reported in tight jean wearers, the Telegraph claims, including maladies such as twisted testicles, low sperm count, fungal infections, bladder weakeness, and urinary tract infections.

A new project highlighting the dangers of skinny jeans is being spearheaded by distinctly un-hip TENA, the Telegraph said, a UK-based company that produces protective products aimed at bladder weakness sufferers.

The TENA study found that one in ten skinny jean-wearing men had experienced skinny-jean side-effects. 

Dr Hilary Jones, a consultant on the TENA project, had this advice for aspirant skinny jean-wearers in the Telegraph:

''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."

''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," she added. What price fashion indeed.

Women don't get off scot-free either. The New York Daily News reported that skinny jean-wearing women are at an increasing risk of vaginal yeast infection.

Both sexes are subject to problems with numbness and tingling sensations, reported British health website RealBuzz. 

According to the Mayo Clinic, "thigh tingling sensation," otherwise known as Meralgia paresthetica, is caused by nerve compression. Although the condition usually goes away on its own, the Mayo Clinic reported some cases may require medication - and rare cases may require surgery.