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Document ID (ISN)100991
CIS number 02-1991
ISSN - Serial title 1076-2752 - Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Year 2002
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Sheiner E.K., Sheiner E., Carel R., Potashnik G., Shoham-Vardi I.
Title Potential association between male infertility and occupational psychological stress
Bibliographic information Dec. 2002, Vol.44, No.12, p.1093-1099. 51 ref.
Abstract To investigate the influence of working conditions, occupational exposures to potential reproductive toxic agents and psychological stress on male fertility, male patients attending a fertility clinic were studied. 106 patients attended the clinic because of a male infertility problem (cases) while 66 attended because of a female infertility problem (controls). Male infertility was more associated with working in industry and construction as compared with other occupations (38.8% of cases, 23.0% of controls). Industry and construction workers were of lower educational level than the other workers, tended to smoke more (OR 2.53), worked more often in shifts (OR 3.12), reported physical exertion in work (OR 3.35) and were more exposed to noise and welding (OR 3.84 and 4.40 respectively). Male infertility was also found to be related to burnout indicators, the largest difference being obtained for cognitive weariness. Industry and construction jobs (OR 2.2) and cognitive weariness (OR 1.8) were found to be independent risk factors for male infertility problems.
Descriptors (primary) antifertility effects; male workers; risk factors; occupation disease relation; occupational diseases
Descriptors (secondary) manufacturing industries; Israel; shift work; smoking; physical workload; frequency rates; case-control study; construction industry; stress factors; social aspects; questionnaire survey
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceIsrael
Subject(s) Psychology and sociology
Broad subject area(s) Stress, psychosocial factors
Browse category(ies) Genetic factors in reaction to exposures
Antifertility and prenatal effects