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Does Enterococcus faecalis in semen cause infertility?

By Rebeca Reus BSc, MSc (embryologist).
Last Update: 03/18/2022

This microorganism is a gram-positive bacterium that is usually found in the male urethra and is part of the bacterial flora. However, it can sometimes ascend through the urogenital tract and trigger an infection.

Enterococcus faecalis is the most common cause of infections affecting the prostate and semen. As in any infection that affects the reproductive system, it could cause infertility, which would be resolved with antibiotic treatment. Only if the infection is acute and not treated in time can it cause permanent infertility.

 Rebeca Reus
Rebeca Reus
BSc, MSc
Embryologist
Degree in Human Biology (Biochemistry) from the Pompeu Fabra University (UPF). Official Master's Degree in Clinical Analysis Laboratory from the UPF and Master’s Degree about the Theoretical Basis and Laboratory Procedures in Assisted Reproduction from the University of Valencia (UV).
Embryologist. Degree in Human Biology (Biochemistry) from the Pompeu Fabra University (UPF). Official Master's Degree in Clinical Analysis Laboratory from the UPF and Master’s Degree about the Theoretical Basis and Laboratory Procedures in Assisted Reproduction from the University of Valencia (UV).