Insights into the latest research on semen and infertility published by Cosmos

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Microbiomes – the microbes that live alongside us – have been implicated in cancerhealthy brains, and even personality, but a new study has found the specific microbiome of semen may impact male fertility.

“The [cause] of abnormal semen analysis parameters is not identified in 30% of cases; investigations involving the semen microbiome may bridge this gap,” researchers from the University of California and the University of Texas write in Scientific Reports.

Inside semen are several sperm helpers like enzymes, fructose and citric acid. There are also plenty of bacteria, such as Lactobacillus, Enterococcus, Corynebacterium and Staphylococcus.

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