Talk:Semen (human)

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 Definition The mix of body fluids and male gametes (spermatazoons), that, when deposited in the female reproductive tract, can result in fertilization of an egg. [d] [e]

This article is being started as I have been reading about male fertility and I thought it would be a good additon to our health science articles. It's a very rough draft and I woud welcome any other authors. Nancy Sculerati 14:21, 11 May 2007 (CDT)

References - with notes

D. T. Carrell:SEMEN ANALYSIS AT THE TURN OF THE CENTURY: AN EVALUATION OF POTENTIAL USES OF NEW SPERM FUNCTION ASSAYS. Archives of Andrology, Volume 44, Issue 1 January 2000 , pages 65 - 75 standard semen analysis is low cost and does provide useful information in evaluating male infertility, but does not specifically investigate the ability of sperm to (1) bind to the zona pellucida (2) penetrate the zona and the oocyte membranes or (3) evaluate the sperm's ability to undergo post-pentration events. This is a review article that discusses limitations of standard analysis and presents functional assays],these assays are advocated as having greater relevance to in vitro (and vivo) fertilization rates.

World Health Organization: Laboratory Manual for he Examination of Human Semen and Sperm-Cervical Mucus Interaction, 3rd Edition, Cambridge, UK, Cambridge University Press Specimen volume greater to or equal- 2.0 ml| pH 7.2-8.0 |Sperm concentration greater or = 20 X 10 to the 6 sperm /ml|Total sperm count greater or = 40 X 10 to the 6/ejaculate|Motility: greater or = 50% forward progress, 25 % rapid forward progression|Morphology:greater or = 30% normal forms|Viability (excludes eosin stain) greater or = 75%|WBC less than 100k per ml|Fructose :greater than 13 micromole/ejaculate|Acid phosphates:greater or = 200 U/ejaculate|Citric acid: greater or equal 25 mol/ejaculate

Some suggestions

I suggest that near-future work on this article focus more on the normal than the abnormal. Currently, most of the information herein is regarding male infertility; it would be better to start with the properties of normal semen, then discuss abnormalities. Anthony Argyriou 20:08, 9 August 2007 (CDT)