Saturday, August 06, 2005

About Anti-sperm Antibodies

I've looked up links on this topic for online friends who have had to contend with this male-factor fertility problem.

There are a few different types of anti-sperm antibodies, they can attach at the head, mid-section or tail. Identifying what type you have is key as it helps the doc to know what kind of wash to do prior to an insemination.

General information about this condition:

Treatment of Infertility Associated with the Presence of Sperm Antibodies in the Man

Anti-Sperm Antibodies

Antisperm Antibodies

Immunological Factors & Infertility

Immunological Testing and Treatment for Infertility

When Sperm Meets Egg: Sperm-Mucus Interaction

Medical articles and abstracts about anti-sperm antibodies

Semen sample collection in medium enhances the implantation rate following ICSI in patients with severe oligoasthenoteratozoospermia

Sperm antibodies

Intra-uterine insemination versus cyclic, low-dose prednisolone in couples with male antisperm antibodies.

A comparison of intrauterine insemination in superovulated cycles to intercourse in couples where the male is receiving steroids for the treatment of autoimmune infertility.

Characterization of spermatozoa surface antigens by antisperm antibodies and its influence on acrosomal exocytosis.

[Chinese traditional medicine yi kang ling to treat immunity infertility caused by anti-sperm antibody: the experimental research II]

[Effect of antisperm antibodies on assisted reproduction]

[Effect of heavy metals on immune reactions in patients with infertility]

[Immunological approach to male contraception]

The Infetility Cure also mentions that ASA can be treated with chinese herbs, focusing on the pattern of deficiency or excess. At any rate, the anti-bodies indicate an immune reaction in the body and taking the efforts to try to improve the man's health overall should help provide some results, even if it is just better quality sperm for IVF. I'd do the MFI supplement cocktail, though consulting with a TCM practitioner would be an excellent place to start.

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