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Title: Monthly variation in human semen quality in male partners of infertile women in the tropics
Authors: Chia, S.-E. 
Lim, S.-T.A.
Ho, L.-M.
Tay, S.-K.
Keywords: Daylight
Semen volume
Sperm density
Issue Date: 2001
Citation: Chia, S.-E., Lim, S.-T.A., Ho, L.-M., Tay, S.-K. (2001). Monthly variation in human semen quality in male partners of infertile women in the tropics. Human Reproduction 16 (2) : 277-281. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: The aim of the study was to determine whether there were significant 'seasonal' variations in the rhythm of sperm parameters (i.e. semen volume and sperm density) of men who reside in the tropics. A total of 7656 semen analysis results from the department of obstetrics and gynaecology of a tertiary general hospital was analysed. These samples were obtained as part of an initial screening for male partners of couples with problems trying to conceive who were attending a fertility clinic from 1991 to 1995. The subjects' mean semen volume and sperm density of 2.9 ml and 26.9×106/ml respectively were within the World Health Organization reference values. There were no significant month-to-month variations in the adjusted (for age of subject, year of test and technologist who performed the analysis by analysis of co-variance, ANCOVA) mean semen volume and sperm density over the 5 year period. Variations in semen volume and density observed in the temperature climates are not seen in this study, which was conducted in subjects staying in the tropics. This observation may be related to relative constant temperature and hours of light exposure among men who reside in the tropics. As this study is, so far, published data from only one country, Singapore, it may not truly reflect the actual situation for individuals who are residing in the tropics.
Source Title: Human Reproduction
ISSN: 02681161
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