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Longitudinal study of semen quality of unexposed workers. Sperm motility characteristics.
Schrader SM; Turner TW; Simon SD
J Androl 1991 Mar; 12(2):126-131
Sperm motility assessments were conducted as part of a longitudinal study of human semen characteristics. This report evaluated the variation of sperm motility characteristics within an ejaculate, between ejaculates from the same man, and between healthy men without known toxicant exposure. Semen samples were collected monthly for 9 months from 45 men without fertility problems or exposure to known reproductive toxicants. For each specimen obtained for the 45 men participating in the study, measurements of curvilinear velocity, straight line velocity, linearity, amplitude of lateral head displacement, and beat cross frequency were collected. The overall ages for all samples ranged from 14 to 118 minutes. From all of the sperm motility measurements taken, at least 90% of the variation was noted between cells within a semen sample. For all variables, the component of variation between subjects was the smallest percentage. At least 75% of the variation was observed between samples from the same individual when sample means were used in the nested analysis of variation.
NIOSH-Author; Reproductive-system; Spermatogenesis; Humans; Spermatozoa; Statistical-analysis; Cellular-function; Author Keywords: Curvilinear velocity; straight-line velocity; computer-assisted sperm analysis; CASA; sources of variation; statistical model; repeatability
Dr. S.M. Schrader, NIOSH MS: C-23, 4676 Columbia Parkway, Cincinnati, Ohio 45226-1988
Issue of Publication
Journal of Andrology
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