Journal of Human Reproductive Sciences

LETTER TO EDITOR
Year
: 2011  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 58-

Not only seminal plasma zinc but also other trace elements affect semen quality


Viroj Wiwanitkit 
 Wiwanitkit House, Bangkhae, Bangkok, Thailand; and Visiting Professor, Hainan Medical University, Hainan, China

Correspondence Address:
Viroj Wiwanitkit
Wiwanitkit House, Bangkhae, Bangkok, Thailand




How to cite this article:
Wiwanitkit V. Not only seminal plasma zinc but also other trace elements affect semen quality.J Hum Reprod Sci 2011;4:58-58


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Wiwanitkit V. Not only seminal plasma zinc but also other trace elements affect semen quality. J Hum Reprod Sci [serial online] 2011 [cited 2020 Aug 4 ];4:58-58
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Sir,

I read the recent publication on seminal plasma zinc and semen quality in a subfertile population with a great interest. [1] Dissanayake et al. concluded that "Count, motility, viability, pH and viscosity are affected by variations of seminal plasma zinc. [1]" I would like to address some facts mentioned in this study. I agree that zinc level in semen has a relationship with fertility. However, this study is a kind of single parameter analysis. In a recent report, Zhang et al. proposed that the contents of trace elements in different body fluids are differently correlated with sperm quality. [2] Indeed, there are also many other trace element that can affect the quality of semen. For example, selenium level in semen is widely mentioned as having a strong relationship with semen quality. [3] To form a conclusion on this topic, it might be necessary to completely study the other trace elements that might be the confounding parameters that result in bias in interpretation.

References

1Dissanayake D, Wijesinghe P, Ratnasooriya W, Wimalasena S. Relationship between seminal plasma zinc and semen quality in a subfertile population. J Hum Reprod Sci 2010;3:124-8.
2Zhang RS, Sun HJ, Zheng LW. Correlation of the contents of trace elements in male body fluids with sperm quality. Zhonghua Nan Ke Xue 2010;16:1019-22.
3Camejo MI, Abdala L, Vivas-Acevedo G, Lozano-Hernández R, Angeli-Greaves M, Greaves ED. Selenium, copper and zinc in seminal plasma of men with varicocele, relationship with seminal parameters. Biol Trace Elem Res 2011 [in press].