Chronic prostatitis has a detrimental effect on sperm, according to the findings of a systematic review and meta-analysis published online in the Journal of Endocrinological Investigation.

Rosita A. Condorelli, MD, and colleagues at the University of Catania in Catgania, Italy, analyzed data from 27 studies with a total of 3241 particpiants, including 381 (11.75%) with chronic bacterial prostatitis (CBP), 1670 (51.53%) with chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome (CP/CPPS), and 1190 (36.72%) controls. CBP was associated with a reduction in sperm concentration, sperm vitality, sperm total and progressive motility. CP/CPPS was related to reduction in semen volume, sperm concentration, sperm progressive motility, and sperm normal mortality.

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