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Seminars in Immunopathology

, Volume 29, Issue 2, pp 169–184 | Cite as

Antisperm antibodies and conception

  • L. W. Chamley
  • G. N. Clarke
Review

Abstract

Sperm have been known to be antigenic for more than a century. There is a strong body of evidence that in humans and in other species at least some antibodies that bind to sperm antigens can cause infertility. Therefore, these antibodies are of interest today for two practical reasons. Firstly, the association of the antibodies with infertility means that they must be detected and then the couples treated appropriately. Secondly, because these antibodies can induce infertility they have the potential to be developed for contraceptive purposes in humans and also for the control of feral animal populations.

Keywords

Antisperm antibodies Fertility Gamete Sperm Conception 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Obstetrics and GynaecologyUniversity of AucklandAucklandNew Zealand
  2. 2.Fertility PlusGreenlane Clinical CentreGreenlane, AucklandNew Zealand
  3. 3.Andrology UnitThe Royal Women’s HospitalCarltonAustralia

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