Effect of lead on human semen.


Semen qualities were studied in workers with an average age of 30 years and occupationally exposed to lead in a printing press. Another sample with the same average age but not exposed to lead were taken as control subjects. The average lead content in blood and seminal plasma of the exposed group were 42.5 mcg/100 ml and 14.80 mcg/100 ml, respectively. Their sperm counts and percentage of motile sperm were significantly affected. Significantly higher percentages of abnormal spermatozoa were also observed in these semen samples. The levels of seminal acid phosphatase, succinic dehydrogenase, and fructose in them were also significantly found to be low compared with those from the unexposed subjects. Cytochemical study of sperm head DNA in the exposed groups showed a low surface reaction.

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@article{Chowdhury1986EffectOL, title={Effect of lead on human semen.}, author={Amal Roy Chowdhury and Niloufer Jamshed Chinoy and A K Gautam and R. Vittal Rao and Dinesh J Parikh and Gaurav Shah and Hyacinth N. Highland and Kinjal G Patel and Bela Bonita Chatterjee}, journal={Advances in contraceptive delivery systems : CDS}, year={1986}, volume={2 2-3}, pages={208-10} }