Sperm toxicity evaluated by the overnight sperm survival test

Arch Androl. 2003 Mar-Apr;49(2):161-4. doi: 10.1080/01485010390129287.


A subnormal sperm stress test has also been associated with implantation failure despite apparently normal fertilization; however, this test is cumbersome and time-consuming. The overnight sperm survival test has been considered to possibly demonstrate lipid peroxidation abnormalities similar to the sperm stress test. The present study evaluated whether lower overnight survival scores were associated with lower pregnancy and implantation rates following in vitro fertilization-embryo transfer. The results showed no adverse effect of poor overnight survival test scores. Possibly, the overnight survival test, though similar in some respects to the sperm stress test, is not similar for properties of predicting embryo implantation defects. Corroboration that subnormal stress tests predicts implantation disorders is needed.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Embryo Implantation
  • Female
  • Fertilization in Vitro / methods*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Pregnancy
  • Pregnancy Rate*
  • Semen Preservation*
  • Sperm Motility / physiology*
  • Spermatozoa / physiology*
  • Time Factors