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Biol Trace Elem Res. 1996 Summer;53(1-3):65-83.

Selenium-vitamin E supplementation in infertile men. Effects on semen parameters and micronutrient levels and distribution.

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Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Montreal, Canada.

Abstract

In order to verify the hypothesis that selenium (Se) and vitamin E (Vit E) could improve male fertility, nine oligoasthenoteratozoospermic men were supplemented for a period of 6 mo with Se and Vit E. Compared to the baseline period (presupplementation) of 4 mo, statistically significant increases were observed for Se and Vit E levels, sperm motility, percent live, and percent normal spermatozoa. These improvements are likely to be "supplementation-dependent," since all of the parameters returned to baseline values during the posttreatment period. None of the couples reported a pregnancy during the study. The HPLC analysis conducted on the serum of one of the patients showed the existence of at least six different Se-containing peaks, whose Se content was affected by supplementation. The mechanism(s) involved in these improvements of semen parameters is presently under investigation.

PMID:
8862739
DOI:
10.1007/BF02784546
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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