EFFECT OF CARBACHOL ON FERTILITY OF MALE RATS WHEN ADMINISTERED LOCALLY TO EPIDIDYMIS

W. D. Ratnasooriya

Abstract


This study examines the effect of carbachol, a potent cholinoceptor agonist
drug, on fertility of male rats, when administered to epididymis using stlastic
formulations, in the form of rods. 10% and 25% carbachol rods were
found to be toxic, and resulted in death within 25 min. On the other hand,
5% rods were tolerable. These rods significantly reduced sperm numbers
both in the cauda epididymis and ejaculate but failed to Impair fertility.
Libido (sexual desire) remained essentially unaltered. In organ bath experiments,
carbachol induced rhythmic contrations in isolated vasa deferentia
and cauda epididymal tubules in e ' dose-related manner.

Short running head: carbachol and fertility of male rats

Key words: carbachol, silastic rods, epididymis fertility
oligozoospermia, cholinomimetics


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