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Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics

, Volume 290, Issue 4, pp 777–782 | Cite as

The impact of cigarette smoking and alcohol consumption on sperm parameters and sperm DNA fragmentation (SDF) measured by Halosperm®

  • G. AnifandisEmail author
  • T. Bounartzi
  • C. I. Messini
  • K. Dafopoulos
  • S. Sotiriou
  • I. E. Messinis
Gynecologic Endocrinology and Reproductive Medicine

Abstract

Purpose

Both cigarette smoking and alcohol consumption are somehow implicated in sperm function, but the impact of these two lifestyle factors on sperm parameters remains controversial. The present study is focused on the impact of cigarette smoking and alcohol consumption separately and combined on sperm parameters and sperm DNA fragmentation (SDF).

Methods

The study included 207 consecutive semen samples derived from men who were seeking semen analysis for fertility purposes in our IVF Unit.

Results

Semen volume, percent of degenerated spermatozoa and SDF were significantly correlated with the various smoking status. The percent of spermatozoa with small halos significantly correlated with the alcohol status. The smoking status of the men was correlated with the alcohol status.

Conclusions

Cigarette smoking and alcohol consumption separately and combined were found to have deleterious effect on sperm parameters and SDF. It is suggested that both habits may contribute to infertility problems.

Keywords

Alcohol consumption Cigarette smoking DNA fragmentation Semen quality 

Notes

Conflict of interest

The authors certify that no actual or potential conflict of interest in relation to this article exists.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • G. Anifandis
    • 1
    Email author
  • T. Bounartzi
    • 1
  • C. I. Messini
    • 1
  • K. Dafopoulos
    • 1
  • S. Sotiriou
    • 1
  • I. E. Messinis
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Faculty of Medicine, School of Health SciencesUniversity of ThessaliaLarisaGreece

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