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Immunological Factors in Male and Female Infertility

  • W. R. Jones
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Abstract

Theoretically, immunological factors may operate at any step in the human reproductive process leading up to implantation since the gametes and the fertilized egg, as well as the hormones, tissues and other secretions in their invironment are all potentially antigenic and capable of eliciting an immune response. Cells and proteins with a foreign (in this context, male) genetic constitution may cause isoimmunization in the female partner. On the other hand autoimmunization against components (‘self’-antigens) of the reproductive process may occur in both the male and the female.

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Genital Tract Follicular Fluid Seminal Plasma Infertile Woman Female Genital Tract 
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