An Electron Microscopic Study of the Antifertility Potential of Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis L.) in Male Albino Rats

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Rania A. Salah El-Din, Abd El-Rahman El-Shahat & Rasha Ahmed Elmansy


The present work was aimed at studying the antifertility potential of the commonly used herb, rosemary in the male albino rats using electron microscopy as the method of investigation. Ethanolic extract of the rosmary prepared and administered orally in two different doses for a period of three months to the animals. At the end of the experiment animals were sacrificed and testes removed. Sections for the electrone microscopy prepared and changes were observed. The present results showed evident microscopic changes in the testis of the animals received higher dose of the drug. Most of the seminiferous tubules were compressed, having irregular basement membrane and devoid of any spermatogenic cells. The present work revealed a clear morphological evidence of the dose dependent antifertility potential of the rosemary in the male albino rats.

KEY WORDS: Antifertility potential; Rosemary; Rosmarinus officinalis L.; Electron microscopy; Male albino rats.

How to cite this article

EL-DIN, R. A. S.; EL-SHAHAT, A. E. & ELMANSY, R. A. An electron microscopic study of the antifertility potential of Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis L.) in male albino rats. Int. J. Morphol., 30(2):666-672, 2012.