Navigation Links
Low sperm count may be associated with prenatal testosterone excess
Date:9/23/2008

Exposure to an excess of sexual steroids, like testosterone, during fetal development may be a potential risk factor for low sperm count and motility, according to a new study accepted for publication in Endocrinology, a journal of The Endocrine Society.

"The majority of disorders affecting sperm count in humans are originated during fetal life," said Professor Sergio Recabarren of the University of Concepcion in Chillan, Chile and lead author of the study. "A developing fetus is very vulnerable to its environment, and when that environment is exposed to excess sexual steroids, it may have a significant deleterious effect on a male offspring's fertility."

Prenatal exposure to excess sexual steroids can occur in two ways, said Dr. Recabarren. First, the exposure may be a product of increased sexual steroids in the maternal environment due to a hormonal condition such as polycystic ovary syndrome. Second, humans are exposed to several industrial pollutants which can act as steroid mimics, causing the body to inhibit or accelerate native steroid production.

In this study, researchers treated pregnant sheep with 30 mg testosterone propionate twice weekly from days 30 to 90 of pregnancy and with 40 mg testosterone propionate from days 90 to 120 of pregnancy. They found a significant reduction in body weight, scrotal circumference, and sperm count in male sheep born to these mothers compared with control sheep.

"While this research involved sheep, it can certainly be argued that in humans, exposure to an excess of sexual steroids during fetal development could constitute a potential risk factor that may conduct to a low sperm count," said Dr. Recabarren.

Low sperm counts are also associated with testicular cancer, with an incidence rate 20 fold higher than men with normal sperm analysis, said Dr. Recabarren. The findings from this study highlight growing concerns of the detrimental effects of prenatal steroid excess on reduced sperm counts.


'/>"/>

Contact: Aaron Lohr
alohr@endo-society.org
240-482-1380
The Endocrine Society
Source:Eurekalert

Related biology news :

1. Primate sperm competition: speed matters
2. Mutant sperm guide clinicians to new diseases
3. Wiggle room: Cornell researcher borrows idea from sperm to provide energy for nanoscale robots
4. Normal-looking sperm may have serious damage; scientists urge more care in selection
5. Diabetes linked to male infertility; excess sugars in the body have direct effect on sperm quality
6. Obese men have less semen, more sperm abnormalities, and should lose weight before trying for a baby
7. Unique study shows oil, gas seismic work not affecting Gulf sperm whales
8. M2SYS Partners With Gnosis Medical Services to Provide Accurate Patient Identification in Developing Countries Through Innovative Biometrics Solution
9. Palm Beach County wants to establish a Max Planck Institute in Florida
10. Data on life expectancy show many countries clustered in high mortality traps
11. Hand hygiene initiative aims to decrease healthcare-associated infection in developing countries
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:4/28/2016)... BANGALORE, India , April 28, 2016 ... subsidiary of Infosys (NYSE: INFY ), and Samsung ... global partnership that will provide end customers with a ... and payment services.      (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130122/589162 ... for financial services, but it also plays a fundamental part ...
(Date:4/15/2016)... , April 15, 2016  A new partnership ... more accurate underwriting decisions in a fraction of ... competitively priced and high-value life insurance policies to ... With Force Diagnostics, rapid testing (A1C, ... data readings (blood pressure, weight, pulse, BMI, and ...
(Date:3/31/2016)... 2016  Genomics firm Nabsys has completed a financial ... Bready , M.D., who returned to the company in ... leadership team, including Chief Technology Officer, John Oliver ... Nurnberg and Vice President of Software and Informatics, ... Dr. Bready served as CEO of Nabsys from ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:5/23/2016)... ... May 23, 2016 , ... Foresight Institute , ... the winners for the 2015 Foresight Institute Feynman Prizes. , These prestigious ... categories, one for experiment and the other for theory in nanotechnology. Prof. Markus ...
(Date:5/20/2016)... ... , ... Kablooe Design, a leading provider of product design and development services ... the business. “We have worked hard to build long-term relationships,” says President and CEO, ... honor of serving their product design and development needs through the years.” , Kablooe ...
(Date:5/19/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... May 19, 2016 , ... Anton Paar ... 30,000 square foot office building is complete. The new structure adds a third office ... Anton Paar USA purchased 2.4 acres of land, along with office space ...
(Date:5/19/2016)... , ... May 19, 2016 , ... ... organization (CRO) has welcomed Abu Siddiqui as Director, Large Molecule & Biomarker Bioanalysis. ... biologics, vaccine and translational biomarker discovery studies for preclinical and clinical safety programs. ...
Breaking Biology Technology: