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How to reduce reactive oxygen species level ?

hi my i m 32 yr old nmy husband is 36. we r trying for baby since 8 yrs we have undergone several iui failure nd 1 ivf/icsi failure.. now doctor has suggested my husband ros level test.the value we get is 109675 while it should b 100-1100 range. value shocking .is it curable and exactly what is it?plz explain.can we have still hope.
Wed, 20 Apr 2011
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ROS is reactive oxygen species. ROS are actually free radicals present in human spermatozoa. In men, ROS support normal physiologic functioning of spermatozoa, but when produced in excess they can cause physiological damage to spermatozoa. ROS can occur due to infections, varicocele, smoking. Infections should be treated using antibiotics and anti inflammatory drugs. Varicocele should be surgically corrected. Antioxidants are of certain help. You still have hope. After treatment for 3-6 months semen parameters may improve and you may have success through IVF/ICSI. Take care
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