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Alcohol Alcohol. 2014 Jan-Feb;49(1):42-4. doi: 10.1093/alcalc/agt133. Epub 2013 Aug 21.

Chronic excessive alcohol consumption and male fertility: a case report on reversible azoospermia and a literature review.

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Corresponding author: Centre Hospitalier de Dreux, 44 Avenue du Président Kennedy, F-28100 Dreux, France. brunoguthauser@gmail.com.

Abstract

AIMS:

The aim of this work was to report on a heavy drinker whose azoospermia was reversed after alcohol withdrawal. We also review the literature on links between alcohol consumption and azoospermia.

METHOD:

This study is a clinical case report and a literature review.

RESULTS:

Two years after alcohol withdrawal, a child was born following assisted reproduction technique. Excessive alcohol consumption (i.e. more than 60 g a day) is strongly associated with azoospermia and this condition may be reversible after alcohol withdrawal.

CONCLUSIONS:

Testicular biopsies should be countra-indicated for heavy drinkers, and in order to increase the chances of obtaining a pregnancy, alcohol abstinence should be encouraged in male with low-to-moderate alcohol intakes.

PMID:
23969551
DOI:
10.1093/alcalc/agt133
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