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Tuesday, October 16, 2007

 

Chlamydia reduces male fertility by ravaging sperm

‘Chlamydia – the most common sexually transmitted disease in the US and UK – causes dramatic genetic damage in sperm leading to male infertility, a new study suggests.

Men with chlamydia have more than three times the normal level of DNA fragmentation in their sperm, report researchers. However, results from the study also indicate that appropriate antibiotic treatment can help restore the genetic integrity of these men’s sperm as well as their fertility.

Until recently, doctors believed that chlamydia threatened women’s fertility only. The bacteria responsible for the disease, Chlamydia trachomatis can cause a woman’s fallopian tubes to become blocked or scarred, making it difficult or impossible to conceive a child.’




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