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Royal jelly and infertility



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Asthenozoospermia (or asthenospermia) is the medical term for reduced sperm motility. Complete asthenozoospermia, that is, 100% immotile spermatozoa in the ejaculate, is reported at a frequency of 1 of 5000 men. Causes of complete asthenozoospermia include metabolic deficiencies, ultrastructural abnormalities of the sperm flagellum (see Primary ciliary dyskinesia)and necrozoospermia. It decreases the sperm quality and is therefore one of the major causes of infertility or reduced fertility in men

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Int J Gynaecol Obstet. 2008 May;101(2):146-9. doi: 10.1016/j.ijgo.2007.11.012. Epub 2008 Jan 28.

Midcycle pericoital intravaginal bee honey and royal jelly for male factor infertility. Abdelhafiz AT, Muhamad JA. Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, Sohag University Hospital, Sohag University, Egypt. ahmedahafiz_obs@yahoo.com

 OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the efficacy of pericoital intravaginal applications of a mixture of Egyptian bee honey and royal jelly (H/RJ) in the midcycle for the treatment of infertility due to asthenozoospermia.

METHODS: Sohag University Hospital and Asyut Gynecology and Infertility Clinic conducted a crossover study of 99 couples affected by asthenozoospermia. One group used midcycle pericoital vaginal applications of H/RJ and the other underwent a standard intrauterine insemination (IUI) procedure, for 3 cycles or until conception occurred for both groups. After a washout period of 2 months, the couples for whom no pregnancy occurred were crossed over.

RESULTS: A total of 553 cycles were analyzed. There were 23 (8.1%) and 7 (2.6%) pregnancies per cycle, respectively, in the H/RJ and the IUI groups, and the difference was statistically significant (P<0.001).

CONCLUSION: Using H/RJ intravaginally might be a simple and reasonably effective method of treating asthenozoospermia.

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