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Minerva Urologica e Nefrologica 2010 September;62(3):213-8

language: Italian

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


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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.

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