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Table 3 Semen characteristics and serum hormone levels in men

From: Parallel assessment of male reproductive function in workers and wild rats exposed to pesticides in banana plantations in Guadeloupe

Characteristics Non exposed
workers
(n = 45)
Pesticide-exposed
banana plantation
workers
(n = 42)
P
Semen characteristics    
Volume of the ejaculate (mL), mean (SD) 3.8 (1.7) 3.4 (1.7) 0.44*
pH, mean (SD) 7.9 (0.2) 7.9 (0.2) 0.65*
Sperm concentration (millions/mL), mean (SD) 89.8 (81.1) 70.3 (59.4) 0.27*
Total sperm count (millions), mean (SD) 308 (236) 231 (229) 0.19*
Rapid and progressive sperm motility (%), mean (SD) 15.2 (8.6) 15.0 (6.8) 0.82*
Progressive sperm motility (%) mean (SD) 42.4 (11.9) 42.7 (13.9) 0.62*
Morphologically normal sperm (%), mean (SD) 13.9 (7.4) 13.0 (8.0) 0.36*
Multiple anomaly index, mean (SD) 1.71 (0.25) 1.73 (0.29) 0.79*
Live sperm (%), mean (SD) 54.1 (13.4) 54.5 (17.3) 0.56*
Serum hormones    
FSH (IU/L), mean (SD) 6.3 (4.4) 5.9 (4.1) 0.81†
LH (IU/L), mean (SD) 4.7 (1.9) 5.5 (2.6) 0.16†
Testosterone (ng/mL), mean (SD) 7.5 (2.5) 6.8 (1.7) 0.33†
Inhibin B (pg/mL), mean (SD) 170 (72) 168 (67) 0.63†
  1. * adjusted for age, tobacco use, solvents, genital infections, season of sperm analysis and sexual abstinence.
  2. † adjusted for age and body mass index