Prognostic value of in vitro sperm penetration into hormonally standardized human cervical mucus

Fertility and Sterility
W Eggert-KruseB Runnebaum

Abstract

To analyze the prognostic value of the sperm cervical mucus penetration test (SCMPT), fresh semen samples of 99 male patients under infertility investigation were exposed to capillary tubes filled with freshly obtained cervical mucus (CM) of the patients' wives (WCM), fertile donors (DCM), and bovine CM (BCM). The quality of the human CM was standardized by oral administration of estrogens. The overall pregnancy rate after 6 months was 17.2% (17/99), and was significantly different in couples with poor and good SCMPT with WCM (1/44, 2.3% versus 16/55, 29%; P less than 0.001) in a prospective study. Human CM was superior to BCM as a penetration medium in providing more information about sperm function. The results suggest that in vitro sperm penetration testing with hormonally standardized CM of female partners adds an important dimension to sperm analysis with regard to fertility prognosis.

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