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Fertil Steril. 2003 Jun;79 Suppl 3:1659-61.

Successful treatment of anabolic steroid-induced azoospermia with human chorionic gonadotropin and human menopausal gonadotropin.

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Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University Malaya Medical Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. drmenon2000@yahoo.co.uk

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To document for the first time the successful treatment using human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) and human menopausal gonadotropins (hMG) of anabolic steroid-induced azoospermia that was persistent despite 1 year of cessation from steroid use.

DESIGN:

Clinical case report.

SETTINGS:

Tertiary referral center for infertility.

PATIENT(S):

A married couple with primary subfertility secondary to azoospermia and male hypogonadotropic hypogonadism. The husband was a bodybuilder who admitted to have used the anabolic steroids testosterone cypionate, methandrostenolone, oxandrolone, testosterone propionate, oxymetholone, nandrolone decanoate, and methenolone enanthate.

INTERVENTION(S):

Twice-weekly injections of 10,000 IU of hCG (Profasi; Serono) and daily injections of 75 IU of hMG (Humegon; Organon) for 3 months.

MAIN OUTCOME MEASURE(S):

Semen analyses, pregnancy.

RESULT(S):

Semen analyses returned to normal after 3 months of treatment. The couple conceived spontaneously 7 months later.

CONCLUSION(S):

Steroid-induced azoospermia that is persistent after cessation of steroid use can be treated successfully with hCG and hMG.

PMID:
12801577
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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