Effect of zinc administration on plasma testosterone, dihydrotestosterone, and sperm count

Arch Androl. 1981 Aug;7(1):69-73. doi: 10.3109/01485018109009378.


The effects of zinc therapy on plasma testosterone (T), dihydrotestosterone (DHT), and sperm count were studied in 37 patients with idiopathic infertility of more than five years duration. In the first group (T less than 4.8 ng/ml; 22 patients), T and DHT rose significantly after oral administration of zinc, as did the sperm count. Nine wives became pregnant, six within 3 months and three within 2 months of a second trial. In the second group (T greater than or equal to 4.8 ng/ml; 15 patients), T and sperm count were unaffected by zinc, while DHT increased significantly. There was no conception observed. The rationale of this treatment and the significance of the results are discussed.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Dihydrotestosterone / blood*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Oligospermia / blood
  • Oligospermia / drug therapy*
  • Sperm Count*
  • Testosterone / blood*
  • Zinc / blood
  • Zinc / therapeutic use*


  • Dihydrotestosterone
  • Testosterone
  • Zinc