The role of carnitine in male infertility

Andrology. 2016 Sep;4(5):800-7. doi: 10.1111/andr.12191. Epub 2016 May 6.


This review explores the role of carnitine in male infertility. The structure of this review is organized into short paragraphs that address the following aspects: antiapoptotic effect of l-carnitine on germ cells, effects of l-carnitine on conventional sperm parameters, in vitro effects of l-carnitine on sperm function, and the role of l-carnitine on erectile function.

Keywords: carnitine; male infertility; sperm parameters.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Carnitine / metabolism*
  • Carnitine / pharmacology
  • Humans
  • Infertility, Male / metabolism*
  • Male
  • Sperm Motility / drug effects
  • Spermatozoa / drug effects
  • Spermatozoa / metabolism*


  • Carnitine