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Document ID (ISN)110279
CIS number 09-1212
ISSN - Serial title 1351-0711 - Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Year 2008
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Cherry N., Moore H., McNamee R., Pacey A., Burgess G., Clyma J.A., Dippnall M., Baillie H., Povey A.
Title Occupation and male infertility: Glycol ethers and other exposures
Bibliographic information Oct. 2008, Vol.65, No.10, p.708-714. Illus. 31 ref.
Abstract The objective of this study was to investigate the relation between male infertility and occupational exposures, particularly glycol ethers. It involved men attending 14 fertility clinics in the United Kingdom, from whom a semen sample was collected and occupational exposure data were obtained by means of interviews and self-administered questionnaires. Work with organic solvents, particularly glycol ethers was associated with the likelihood of low motile sperm count. Unadjusted odds ratios (OR) for moderate and high glycol ether exposure (compared with none) were 1.70 and 2.54. After adjustment for potential confounders, these risks were slightly reduced (OR 1.46 and 2.25, respectively). No other occupational risk factor was identified.
Descriptors (primary) antifertility effects; risk factors; glycol ethers; male workers
Descriptors (secondary) United Kingdom; questionnaire survey; organic solvents
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceCanada; United Kingdom
Subject(s) Toxic and dangerous substances
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Browse category(ies) Antifertility and prenatal effects
Glycol ethers
Genetic factors in reaction to exposures