Adverse effects of the anabolic steroid, boldenone undecylenate, on reproductive functions of male rabbits.

Abstract

This study was conducted to evaluate the adverse effects of the anabolic steroid, boldenone undecylenate (BOL) on reproductive functions of male rabbits. Thirty white New Zealand mature male rabbits were divided into three groups (10 rabbits each). Group A rabbits served as a control group. Group B rabbits received 4.4 mg/kg body weight (bwt) BOL 5% oily solution. Group C rabbits received 8.8 mg/kg bwt BOL. Rabbits were injected intramuscularly twice weekly for two months. BOL had no significant effect on the bwt and bwt gain. Testes and epididymis weights were decreased significantly in the BOL-treated groups. BOL caused significant reduction in serum testosterone level, seminal volume, sperm motility, and sperm count. No abnormalities were detected in the sperm morphology of the BOL-treated groups. Histopathological alterations in the testes and epididymis were marked in the group C rabbits. These results indicate that administration of BOL exerts a significant harmful effect on the reproductive functions of male rabbits.

DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2613.2012.00814.x

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@article{Oda2012AdverseEO, title={Adverse effects of the anabolic steroid, boldenone undecylenate, on reproductive functions of male rabbits.}, author={Samah S Oda and Ibrahim Mohamed El-Ashmawy}, journal={International journal of experimental pathology}, year={2012}, volume={93 3}, pages={172-8} }