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Chronic Excessive Alcohol Consumption and Male Fertility: A Case Report on Reversible Azoospermia and a Literature Review

17 Dec 2013

Aims: The aim of this work was to report on a heavy drinker whose azoospermia was reversed after alcohol withdrawal. We also review the literature on links between alcohol consumption and azoospermia. Method: This study is a clinical case report and a literature review. Results: Two years after alcohol withdrawal, a child was born following assisted reproduction technique. Excessive alcohol consumption (i.e. more than 60 g a day) is strongly associated with azoospermia and this condition may be reversible after alcohol withdrawal. Conclusions: Testicular biopsies should be countra-indicated for heavy drinkers, and in order to increase the chances of obtaining a pregnancy, alcohol abstinence should be encouraged in male with low-to-moderate alcohol intakes.

17 December 2013

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