What is it about?

mega-3 fatty acids found in some foods have a wide-range of health benefits. The omega-3 supplementation results in higher antioxidant activity in human seminal fluid and enhanced sperm count, sperm motility, and sperm morphology. Considerable number of infertile men with idiopathic oligoasthenoteratozoospermia might be benefit from omega-3 fatty acids administration.

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Why is it important?

Infertility caused by idiopathic oligoasthenoteratozoospermia (OAT) syndrome without any female factor represents one of the biggest patients group in the daily practice of urologists. Despite great advances in the field of infertility, still many cases of male infertility are diagnosed as idiopathic and remained untreated. In low-income communities where health service resources are restricted and basic health needs are unmet, health resources are not used to provide expensive technologies for the treatment of infertility. Social and family consequences of infertility, especially in developing and under developed communities are devastating.


The prevalence of infertility is highest in countries that experience the severe conditions of war, poverty, and starvation. In developing and underdeveloped areas, if infertility occurs, it is the female partner who is frustrated, disinherited, and ostracized and suffers from unstable marriages, divorce, polygamy, domestic violence and economic deprivation, and may even endure lifethreatening medical intervention. In some communities, female partners are discerned as a source of evil, subjected to physical and psychological violence and are even killed. We urgently need effective, inexpensive, and safe medications for dealing with OAT in idiopathic infertile men.

Dr Mohammad Reza Safarinejad
University of Medical Sceices

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This page is a summary of: The roles of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids in idiopathic male infertility, Asian Journal of Andrology, June 2012, Medknow,
DOI: 10.1038/aja.2012.46.
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