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Maternal shift work during pregnancy and biomarkers of reproductive function in the male offspring - a pilot follow-up study.
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PMID:  21499670     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to examine the associations between maternal shift work during pregnancy and measures of semen quantity and quality and level of reproductive hormones in young, adult men. METHODS: From a Danish pregnancy cohort established in 1984-1987, 347 sons aged 18-21 years were selected in 2005-2006 and semen and blood samples were taken. At around the 36 (th)week of gestation, the mothers completed a questionnaire that included a question on shift work during pregnancy. Information on shift work was available for mothers of 278 sons. RESULTS: Of the 278 sons, 42 (15%) had had fetal exposure to maternal shift work. Men exposed to maternal shift work had 30% [95% confidence interval (95% CI) -58-16] lower adjusted percentage normal morphology sperm, 18% (95% CI -30-100) higher adjusted sperm concentration, and 11% (95% CI -0.6-25) higher adjusted levels of testosterone than men not exposed. Adjusted semen volume, total sperm count, percentage motile sperm and serum levels of estradiol, follicle stimulation hormone (FSH), luteinizing hormone (LH), inhibin B, and sex hormone-binding globulin (SHBG) were not associated with maternal shift work during pregnancy. CONCLUSIONS: The results of this pilot study indicate no strong associations between maternal shift work during pregnancy and the quantity and quality of semen or level of reproductive hormones among sons.
Cecilia Høst Ramlau-Hansen; Linn Berger Håkonsen; Maria Christensen; Jens Peter Bonde; Jørn Olsen; Ane Marie Thulstrup
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2011-4-15
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Title:  Scandinavian journal of work, environment & health     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1795-990X     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2011 Apr 
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Created Date:  2011-4-18     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  7511540     Medline TA:  Scand J Work Environ Health     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
The Danish Ramazzini Center, Department of Occupational Medicine, Aarhus University Hospital, Noerrebrogade 44, Building 2C, 8000 Aarhus C, Denmark.
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