Culture of seminal fluid in a fertility clinic

R. W. Lewis, R. M. Harrison, G. J. Domingue

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To determine whether the culture of seminal fluid in a fertility clinic is of importance, bacterial cultures were obtained in a consecutive series of 96 patients. Routine bacteriologic cultures were performed within 1 hour of collection. Ureaplasma urealyticum (T-mycoplasma) cultures were also obtained in the last 31 of the patients in this series. Of these 96 patients, 11% showed significant bacterial growth (>104 colonies/ml) in the semen specimens, 8% in those patients with normal semen analyses and 14% in those with abnormal analyses. Fifty-eight per cent of semen specimens were positive for U. urealyticum. In reference to normal and abnormal semen analyses the distribution was the same regardless of the presence or absence of U. urealyticum. Antibiotic treatment resulted in minor changes in motility and morphology in a few patients despite conversion to a negative culture. Cultures were coordinated with microscopic urinalysis and the presence of white blood cells or bacteria in stained smears of semen. There were no significant differences between groups with positive or negative cultures. Trichomonas vaginalis was not seen.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)194-198
Number of pages5
JournalFertility and Sterility
Volume35
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 1 1981

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Fertility
Ureaplasma urealyticum
Semen
Semen Analysis
Ureaplasma
Trichomonas vaginalis
Urinalysis
Leukocytes
Anti-Bacterial Agents
Bacteria
Growth
Therapeutics

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  • Reproductive Medicine
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

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Lewis, R. W., Harrison, R. M., & Domingue, G. J. (1981). Culture of seminal fluid in a fertility clinic. Fertility and Sterility, 35(2), 194-198.

Culture of seminal fluid in a fertility clinic. / Lewis, R. W.; Harrison, R. M.; Domingue, G. J.

In: Fertility and Sterility, Vol. 35, No. 2, 01.01.1981, p. 194-198.

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Lewis, RW, Harrison, RM & Domingue, GJ 1981, 'Culture of seminal fluid in a fertility clinic', Fertility and Sterility, vol. 35, no. 2, pp. 194-198.
Lewis RW, Harrison RM, Domingue GJ. Culture of seminal fluid in a fertility clinic. Fertility and Sterility. 1981 Jan 1;35(2):194-198.
Lewis, R. W. ; Harrison, R. M. ; Domingue, G. J. / Culture of seminal fluid in a fertility clinic. In: Fertility and Sterility. 1981 ; Vol. 35, No. 2. pp. 194-198.
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