Effects of stress and characteristic adaptability on semen quality in healthy men

Fertil Steril. 1988 Jan;49(1):127-32. doi: 10.1016/s0015-0282(16)59663-0.


Semen from 28 healthy volunteers was assessed for basic semen measure and percent of abnormal morphologic forms every 2 weeks for 6 months. Concurrent self-reports were obtained on abstinence, frequency of ejaculation, health behavior and status, experienced stress, social support, and life events. A single assessment of characteristic adaptability (ego resiliency) also was obtained. Significant between-subject positive correlations were reported among selected semen measures, abstinence, and ego-resiliency. Stress was correlated negatively with semen measures of volume and percent normal morphologic forms.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Humans
  • Life Change Events
  • Longitudinal Studies
  • Male
  • Reference Values
  • Semen / physiology*
  • Sexual Behavior*
  • Sperm Count*
  • Sperm Motility
  • Spermatozoa / abnormalities
  • Stress, Physiological / physiopathology
  • Stress, Psychological / physiopathology