Past Issue

Volume 11, Number 2, Jul-Sep 2017, Pages: 130-133

Relationship between Chlamydia-Ureaplasma-Mycoplasma Genital Detection with Semen Concentration and Motility among Greek Men

Ageliki Gerovassili, Ph.D, 1, Ourania Marcandona, M.Sc, 1, Byron Asimakopoulos, Ph.D, 2, Vasilis Karavasilis, M.D, 3, Maria Panopoulou, Ph.D, 4, Alexandros Ikonomidis, Ph.D, 1, 4, *,
Biogonidiaki, Center of Infertility Investigation and Genetic Research, Volos, Greece
Democritus University of Thrace, Laboratory of Physiology, Alexandroupolis, Greece
IASO General Hospital, Department of Microbiology, Larissa, Greece
Democritus University of Thrace, Department of Microbiology, Alexandroupolis, Greece
*Corresponding Address: Biogonidiaki Center of Infertility Investigation and Genetic Research Glavani 30 st P.C. 38221 Volos Greece


One hundred and seventy two men at the State of Thessaly, Greece, inquiring semen analysis were enrolled in the study in order to investigate the incidence of Chlamydia, Ureaplasma and Mycoplasma (C-U-M) genera in respect to total sperm number (TSN), progressive motility (grades a and b) and total motility (grades a, b and c). Putative relation of C-U-M acquirement with sexual behavior was also investigated. Incidence of C-U-M among non-oligozoospermic and oligozoospermic men was similar. Νο correlation of C-U-M carriage to either oligozoospermia or asthenozoospermia was found. The tested semen parameters were negatively correlated to the age of sexual intercourse initiation and positively correlated to the number of sex partners. Early age of sexual intercourse initiation or high number of sexual partners was not statistical significantly correlated to C-U-M acquirement. Overall, TSN and motility (either progressive or total) were not influenced by the presence of C-U-M genera in a sample of Greek population undergoing semen evaluation. To distinguish the role of C-U-M in male infertility and clarify the so far controversial scarce literature, large control case studies are needed using nucleic acid amplification techniques to detect these pathogens.