Immunologic Approach to Regulation of Fertility in the Male

  • H. G. Madhwa Raj
  • M. R. Sairam
  • E. Nieschlag
Part of the Clinics in Andrology book series (CLAN, volume 5)


The application of immunologic methods to the study of reproduction is not new. Immunologic techniques have been used to measure hormones concerned with reproduction, and antigens of the gonads and the reproductive tract, as well as to assess fertility in the male and the female. As a result of the application of immunologic techniques, a specific immunologic component of infertility has been recognized. However, the application of immunologic techniques for regulation of fertility is relatively recent. These have grown out of recognition of immunologic factors contributing to the reduction of fertility, and a growing desire to harness these factors for the regulation of fertility in view of the population explosion in the world. This chapter will deal with the ongoing research in this area with specific reference to the regulation of male fertility.


Sertoli Cell Seminal Vesicle Leydig Cell Seminal Plasma Sperm Count 
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  • H. G. Madhwa Raj
  • M. R. Sairam
  • E. Nieschlag

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