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MINERVA UROLOGICA E NEFROLOGICA
A Journal on Nephrology and Urology
Indexed/Abstracted in: EMBASE, PubMed/MEDLINE, Science Citation Index Expanded (SciSearch), Scopus
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Minerva Urologica e Nefrologica 2010 September;62(3):213-8
Treatment with carnitine, acetyl carnitine, l-arginine and ginseng improves sperm motility and sexual health in men with asthenopermia
Morgante G., Scolaro V., Tosti C., Di Sabatino A., Piomboni P., De Leo V. ✉
Dipartimento di Pediatria, Ginecologia e Medicina Riproduttiva, Università di Siena, Siena, Italia
AIM: Among the factors contributing to male infertility, asthenospermia constitutes both a health and a social problem frequently associated with alterations in sexual function. Studies have shown that acetyl carnitine and L-arginine improve sperm motility and that ginseng enhances libido and sexual performance. This study examined the effect of treatment with carnitine, acetyl carnitine, L-arginine and ginseng in men with idiopathic asthenospermia and altered sexual function.
METHODS: The study population was 180 patients with asthenospermia randomly assigned to two groups: group A (90 men) received treatment and group B (90 men) did not. The sperm count was 16.6±3.2 x 106/mL and the total sperm motility was 26.5±3.4%.
RESULTS AND CONCLUSION: Sexual satisfaction was measured using the sexual satisfaction index (SSI). At the end of therapy, a significant improvement was observed in progressive sperm motility on spermiogram evaluation and in SSI scores in the treatment group.