Prostatitis and male factor infertility: A review of the literature

Research paper by Daniel S. Engeler, Hubert John, Caroline Maake

Indexed on: 01 Mar '06Published on: 01 Mar '06Published in: Current Prostate Reports


Prostatitis and male infertility are frequent disorders, and the role of prostatitis in male infertility has been under discussion for more than 30 years. Many researchers have shown relevant links between the two. Although a causal relationship has not been definitely demonstrated, increasing evidence shows that chronic prostatitis has a relevant negative impact on male fertility potential, at least in certain subgroups. In the following review, we focus on the present state of knowledge on the role of chronic prostatitis as an etiologic factor in male infertility.