A flat capillary tube system for assessment of sperm movement in cervical mucus.


Journal Article

A new flat capillary tube system has been developed for studies of sperm movement in cervical mucus. The system is easy to use, employs readily obtainable components, and is amenable to small sample sizes characteristic of human cervical mucus. The system possesses good optical resolution and is suitable for visual assessment of sperm migration as well as more detailed studies of the movement characteristics of individual spermatozoa. The system subjects the mucus to a well-defined and controllable rate of shear deformation. Preliminary experiments have suggested that the swimmming speed of human sperm does not differ in flat capillary tubes of 200-micrometer and 400-micrometer depth.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Mills, RN; Katz, DF

Published Date

  • January 1, 1978

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 29 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 43 - 47

PubMed ID

  • 579628

Pubmed Central ID

  • 579628

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1556-5653

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0015-0282

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/s0015-0282(16)43035-9


  • eng