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Further information: Testicular infertility factors
(A)spermia - complete lack of semen
(Asthenozoo)spermia - reduced sperm motility
(Azoo)spermia - absence of sperm cells in semen
(Hyper)spermia - large semen volume
(Hypo)spermia - small semen volume
(Oligozoo)spermia - few spermatozoa in semen
(Necrozoo)spermia - dead or immobile sperms
(Teratozoo)spermia - sperm with abnormal morphology

Teratospermia or teratozoospermia is a condition characterized by the presence of sperm with abnormal morphology that affects fertility in males.


The causes of teratospermia are unknown in most cases. However, Hodgkin's disease, coeliac disease, and Crohn's disease may contribute in some instances.[1]

In cases of globozoospermia (sperm with round heads), the Golgi apparatus is not transformed into the acrosome that is needed for fertilization.[2]

Symptoms and treatment[edit]

The presence of abnormally-shaped sperm can negatively affect fertility by reducing sperm motility and/or preventing sperm from adhering to the ovum. Achieving a pregnancy may be difficult.[3]

In testing for teratospermia, sperm are collected and analyzed under a microscope to detect abnormalities. These abnormalities may include heads that are large, small, tapered, or pyriform or tails that are abnormally shaped.[4]

Antiestrogens have been shown to be effective in the treatment of teratospermia. [3]

Teratozoospermia (including the globozoospermia[5] type), may be treated by intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI), injecting sperm directly into the egg.[6] Once the egg is fertilized, abnormal sperm morphology does not appear to influence blastocyst development or blastocyst morphology.[6] Even with severe teratozoospermia, microscopy can still detect the few sperm cells that have a "normal" morphology, allowing for optimal success rate.[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ http://www.gfmer.ch/Endo/Lectures_09/dupan1.htm
  2. ^ Page 155 in: Hermann Behre; Eberhard Nieschlag (2000). Andrology : Male Reproductive Health and Dysfunction. Berlin: Springer. ISBN 3-540-67224-9. 
  3. ^ a b http://www.gfmer.ch/Endo/Lectures_09/dupan.htm
  4. ^ http://www.endotext.org/male/male7/male7_2.htm
  5. ^ Egashira A, Murakami M, Haigo K, Horiuchi T, Kuramoto T (September 2009). "A successful pregnancy and live birth after intracytoplasmic sperm injection with globozoospermic sperm and electrical oocyte activation". Fertil. Steril. 92 (6): 2037.e5–2037.e9. doi:10.1016/j.fertnstert.2009.08.013. PMID 19800059. 
  6. ^ a b c French DB, Sabanegh ES, Goldfarb J, Desai N (March 2010). "Does severe teratozoospermia affect blastocyst formation, live birth rate, and other clinical outcome parameters in ICSI cycles?". Fertil Steril 93 (4): 1097–1103. doi:10.1016/j.fertnstert.2008.10.051. PMID 19200957.