Semen characteristics of 49 fertile males

C L Barratt, B C Dunphy, E J Thomas, I D Cooke

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We examined the semen characteristics of 49 men whose partners had conceived within the last 16 weeks. There was considerable variation in the semen results. The % of morphologically ideal forms and the absence of sperm bound antibodies appeared to be the two most important semen characteristics when assessing the fertilising potential of the samples. A large proportion of samples (70%) when compared to the WHO standards of normality, were classed abnormal, however, only 25% of the samples had greater than 2 abnormal characteristics. It is diagnostically more relevant to determine the number of abnormalities within a sample rather than categorising the sample as "normal" or "abnormal".

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)264-9
Number of pages6
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 1988


  • Adult
  • Humans
  • Reference Values
  • Semen/analysis


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