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The importance of semen analysis in the context of azoospermia

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The importance of semen analysis in the context of azoospermia
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Clinics, January 2013
DOI 10.6061/clinics/2013(sup01)05
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Nabil Aziz


Azoospermia is a descriptive term referring to ejaculates that lack spermatozoa without implying a specific underlying cause. The traditional definition of azoospermia is ambiguous, which has ramifications on the diagnostic criteria. This issue is further compounded by the apparent overlap between the definitions of oligospermia and azoospermia. The reliable diagnosis of the absence of spermatozoa in a semen sample is an important criterion not only for diagnosing male infertility but also for ascertaining the success of a vasectomy and for determining the efficacy of hormonal contraception. There appears to be different levels of rigor in diagnosing azoospermia in different clinical situations, which highlights the conflict between scientific research and clinical practice in defining azoospermia.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Peru 1 1%
Unknown 71 99%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Bachelor 12 17%
Student > Master 9 13%
Student > Postgraduate 7 10%
Researcher 6 8%
Other 5 7%
Other 17 24%
Unknown 16 22%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 27 38%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 12 17%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 7 10%
Nursing and Health Professions 5 7%
Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutical Science 1 1%
Other 4 6%
Unknown 16 22%