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ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year : 2016  |  Volume : 15  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 86-91

Seminal fluid features of male partners of infertility patients in southeast Nigeria


1 Department of Obstetricsand Gynaecology, Federal Teaching Hospital, Abakaliki; Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Nigeria, Enugu Campus, Enugu, Nigeria
2 Department of Obstetricsand Gynaecology, Federal Teaching Hospital, Abakaliki, Nigeria
3 Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Nigeria, Enugu Campus, Enugu, Nigeria

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Leonard O Ajah
Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Nigeria, Enugu Campus, Nsukka
Nigeria
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/2384-5589.198320

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Background: Semen analysis has remained an objective, inexpensive and readily available means of assessing male factor infertility. There is a paucity of studies on male factor infertility in Nigeria using the current World Health Organization 2010 human values for semen characteristics. Aim: This study was aimed at determining the socio-demographic and semen characteristics of the male partners of infertile couples in Abakaliki. Materials and Methods: The case files of infertility cases managed at Federal Teaching Hospital from January 2011 to December 2015 were retrieved. Results: Out of 730 semen analysis results analysed, 297 (40.7%) have abnormal parameters ranging from abnormal motility (36.7%), to the combination of low sperm count, abnormal motility and morphology (0.68%). While older age and urban dwelling had significant effect on abnormal sperm motility, rural dwelling and low/or no educational status had a significant effect on low seminal fluid volume and sperm count (P-value ≤ 0.05). Conclusion: There is still a high rate of male factor infertility in this environment.


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