Relationship between visceral adiposity index and male infertility

TURAN E., Oztekin U.

ANDROLOGIA, vol.52, no.4, 2020 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 52 Issue: 4
  • Publication Date: 2020
  • Doi Number: 10.1111/and.13548
  • Journal Name: ANDROLOGIA
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, Academic Search Premier, BIOSIS, CAB Abstracts, EMBASE, Gender Studies Database, MEDLINE, Veterinary Science Database
  • Yozgat Bozok University Affiliated: Yes


The visceral adiposity index (VAI), which is calculated by using parameters such as body mass index (BMI), waist circumference, triglyceride, and high-density lipoprotein cholesterol, has been reported to be associated with visceral fat distribution and increased cardiometabolic risk. We aimed to investigate the relationship between the VAI and hormone profiles as well as semen analysis in male infertility. This retrospective study included 278 adult men that were admitted to the urology and endocrine outpatient clinics. Patient data were reviewed, and outcomes were recorded. BMI and VAI were calculated and noted separately. BMI was negatively correlated with serum testosterone and testosterone/ estradiol ratio (T/E2) (p < .05 for all). There was no significant relationship between BMI and semen parameters (p > .05 for all). However, there was a significant negative correlation between VAI and semen parameters, total serum testosterone and T/E2 (p < .05 for all). Furthermore, VAI was independently associated with the total motility score. The increase in visceral adiposity that can be demonstrated by VAI may adversely affect male fertility due to its metabolic and hormonal effects. Since infertility occurs as a result of different metabolic conditions, the underlying mechanisms can be better understood from a multidisciplinary perspective.