Male genital mycoplasmas and Chlamydia trachomatis culture: Its relationship with accessory gland function, sperm quality, and autoimmunity

Y. Soffer*, R. Ron-El, A. Golan, A. Herman, E. Caspi, Z. Samra

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Abstract

To study the effect of mycoplasmas and Chlamydia trachomatis infection on semen quality, these microorganisms were cultured from the semen and anterior urethra respectively, in a group of 175 infertile men suspected of a silent genital infection with a poor postcoital test. Chlamydia infection, but not mycoplasmas, was parodoxically more frequent in the apparently normal than oligoteratoasthenozoospermia patients. Mycoplasmas male infection, but not chlamydia, was more frequent in cases with female, mechanical, and/or organic infertility factors. Infection was unrelated to the accessory gland evaluation or sperm variables. However, seminal antisperm antibody activity was significantly ed in cases with any positive culture. By this local antibody increase, chlamydia and mycoplasmas may significantly reduce sperm egg penetration ability.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)331-336
Number of pages6
JournalFertility and Sterility
Volume53
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 1990
Externally publishedYes

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