If you prefer the Russell Brand tight jeans look, you might be putting yourself at risk of painful testicle and bladder problems, say medical experts. The fashionable denim may look good, but it can cause urinary tract infections, bladder weakness and twisted testicles. Ouch.
In a survey of 2,000 British men, conducted for the company TENA, one in 10 said they had experienced unpleasant side effects from wearing tight jeans. The company is hoping to highlight the dangers of squeezing yourself into skinny jeans.
Forty percent of the men admitted that they sometimes sacrifice comfort for style. One in four also said they wore tight jeans regularly “to show I can still fit in them” and “because they look good.”
The risks of suffering for the sake of fashion are numerous. Skinny jeans have been linked to low sperm count and fungal infections. In addition, one-quarter of the men experienced a bladder problem, and one-fifth had a twisted testicle due to the skinny jeans.
Without room to move in the jeans, the spermatic cord that holds the testicles in place can twist around the testicle—testicular torsion—and cut off its blood supply. This condition requires immediate surgery to avoid permanent damage or removal of the testicle.
To steer clear of dangerous fashion complications, “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,” medical expert Dr. Hilary Jones told The Telegraph.
It also helps to know your correct jean size, unlike one-third of the men in the survey.