Determination of the semen quality in male partners of infertile couples in Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital, Kano: A three year review

Authors

  • Ibrahim S. A.
  • Muhammad Z.

Keywords:

seminal fluid, male factor, infertility, Kano

Abstract

Context
Male infertility contributes a lot to the causes of infertility among couples attending Gynaecology clinics in our environment.

Objectives:
To determine semen quality in male partners of infertile couples attending Gynaecology Clinic in Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital, and to describe the pattern of abnormality found among the semen samples.

Methodology:
Reports of semen samples submitted to the andrology laboratory of AKTH Kano, over a period of three years, were analysed

Results:
A total of 558 semen samples were analysed for semen quality  out of 562 samples over the three-year period.
Two hundred and eleven (37.8%) had normal semen quality or parameters, while 347 (62.2%) had abnormal semen quality or parameters. The abnormal semen parameters consisted of low sperm volume (25.8%), prolonged liquefaction time (27.2%), azoospermia (14.2%), oligozoospermia (39.4%), teratozoospermia (23.7%), asthenozoospermia (61.6%) and the combined
defect of Oligo-Asthenozoospermia (12.8%),Oligo-teratozoospermia (6.0%), Asthenozo-teratozoospermia (5.2%), oligo-astheno-teratozoospermia (11.6%).

Conclusion:
The study showed that abnormal semen parameters are a major contributor of male factor infertility in our environment. Efforts geared towards preventing the contributory factors will go a long way in alleviating the
agony of infertile couples due to male factors.

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Published

01-06-2011

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