Snowballs are male underwear that keep the boys on ice. Why? All in the name of baby-making. When couples try to have a baby, it can become a long and emotional affair if all does not go according to plan. Infertility treatments and alternative options are expensive, so when the creator of Snowballs, Joshua Shoemake, learned that cooling testicles may help increase fertility, he set about making a pair of icepack-on-the-go underwear.
Shoemake and his wife were struggling in their efforts to have a child. A friend of his was also having trouble, and after following the advice of his doctor, began to ice his testicles for a couple hours every day. Within one year he had a baby girl. Shoemake was inspired by this, to investigate the relationship between temperature and fertility. He learned that male fertility is affected by the heat around the testicles and scrotal cooling can improve fertility by increasing both sperm quantity and quality, hence upping the chances of pregnancy.
Shoemake tested various ways to cool before settling on Snowballs. The organic cotton underwear contains SnowWedge packs (like ice packs) that are made out of a non-toxic freezable gel and will remain cool for 30 minutes. The product is patent-pending and currently for pre-order on Kickstarter, a $55 pledge will get you three pairs of Snowballs and ‘A Gentelman’s Guide to Cooling.’
While Snowballs are by no means a guarantee against male infertility (scrotal temperature is just one potential problem) but it may be a useful supplement for guys looking to get busy and have a baby. Says Shoemake:
People said we were crazy to ice ourselves. We looked desperate to our friends. But in our case, cooling worked, and although every case is different, it is our fervent hope that it works for you too.
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