Sperm immobilizing properties of lemon juice

Clarke, Gary N., McCoombe, Scott G. and Short, Roger V. 2006, Sperm immobilizing properties of lemon juice, Fertility and sterility, vol. 85, no. 5, pp. 1529-1530, doi: 10.1016/j.fertnstert.2005.10.040.

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Title Sperm immobilizing properties of lemon juice
Author(s) Clarke, Gary N.
McCoombe, Scott G.ORCID iD for McCoombe, Scott G. orcid.org/0000-0001-6717-7511
Short, Roger V.
Journal name Fertility and sterility
Volume number 85
Issue number 5
Start page 1529
End page 1530
Total pages 2
Publisher New York, N.Y.
Place of publication Elsevier
Publication date 2006-05
ISSN 0015-0282
Summary The aim of this study was to evaluate the sperm-immobilizing properties of lemon juice to determine if they are consistent with its traditional contraceptive use. It was found that lemon juice supernatant (LJS) has high osmolality (550–60 mOsm) and low pH (2.2–2.6) and that addition of LJS to semen to give a final concentration of 20% v/v reduced the pH from around 8.4 to 4.1. This acidification was associated with irreversible cessation of all sperm movements within 1 minute. In conclusion, lemon juice should be further evaluated for acceptability, safety, and efficacy as a topical vaginal contraceptive agent.
Language eng
DOI 10.1016/j.fertnstert.2005.10.040
Field of Research 160302 Fertility
111403 Paediatrics
111404 Reproduction
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30024553

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Medicine
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