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Volume 17, Issue 6 (November 2015) 17, 981–984; 10.4103/1008-682X.142147

Relationship between self-reported residential indoor remodeling and semen quality: A case-control study

Mao-Hua Miao1, Zheng Li2, De-Kun Li3, Bei Yan1, Hong Liang1, Er-Lei Zhi2, Hong-Wei Du2, Wei Yuan1

1.National Population and Family Planning Key Laboratory of Contraceptive Drugs and Devices, Shanghai Institute of Planned Parenthood Research, Shanghai, China
2. Department of Urology, Shanghai Human Sperm Bank, RenJi Hospital, School of Medicine, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, China
3. Division of Research, Kaiser Foundation Research Institute, Kaiser Permanente Northern California, CA, USA

Correspondence: Dr. W Yuan (yuanwei11@yahoo.com)



The present study examined the association between residential indoor remodeling and poor semen quality. Sperm donors aged 18-45 years old were recruited in Shanghai, China. Semen specimens were collected and analyzed. An in-person interview was conducted to obtain information on the history of indoor remodeling and potential confounders. A total of 70 participants with abnormal semen quality (case group) and 68 controls were examined. A total of 20 subjects reported indoor remodeling in the recent 24 months, and among them 17 subjects reported indoor remodeling in the recent 12 months. Compared with participants with no history of indoor remodeling, participants with a history of indoor remodeling in the recent 24 months were more than three times as likely to have poor sperm quality (adjusted odds ratio = 3.8, 95% confidence interval: 1.3-12.0) after controlling for potential confounders. The association was strengthened when the analysis was restricted to those who had indoor remodeling in the recent 12 months. Our findings provide preliminary evidence that indoor remodeling has an adverse effect on semen quality.

Keywords: case-control study; chemicals; health effect; indoor remodeling; semen quality

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