Semen Facts: How Much You Know About These Tadpoles?

Facts About Semen
Editor's Note: This article has been recently updated with latest information and research studies.
 

Facts About Semen

Believe it or not, it’s not uncommon for men of all ages to experience a significant “knowledge gap” when it comes to understanding the mechanics of their body’s natural processes. One of the most commonly misunderstood elements of the male “experience” is the reproductive cycle. Although it’s common knowledge that many of our body’s processes produce* easily observed “results”, the specifics behind these outcomes may be less* transparent. For example, almost all men understand that an ejaculation of semen during unprotected sexual intercourse can lead to egg fertilization and, consequently, pregnancy, but the process through which semen develops this reproductive capacity and the journey taken by the sperm to successfully fertilize a female egg may be less* clear. Who would have thought that there so many interesting facts about semen to know?

We’ve designed this guide as a thorough introductory overview to sperm and semen. Individuals reading this piece will gain further knowledge into the processes that result in sperm generation as well as those which actively contribute to the “quality” (i.e. sperm volume, sperm count) of sperm in an individual. The information presented here should be used in conjunction with further examination by a medical professional if a reader experiences physical symptoms that they believe may be signs of a larger medical problem. For those who find it difficult to discuss problems related to semen, sperm, sexual health or sexual performance, a certified sex therapist may be able to provide much needed peace of mind through non-invasive, non-confrontational dialogue with the afflicted individual. We hope you enjoy this guide!

Semen: Big Questions

Although this may seem like a slightly “odd” beginning to a discussion on semen, one of the most commonly thought (yet, for obvious reasons, infrequently discussed) issues related to semen is –
“What does it taste like?” There’s a common misconception that semen tastes “bad.” That being said, this qualitative statement does not accurately express the attributes behind the flavor of this biological fluid. Believe it or not, semen actually tastes mildly sweet. Depending upon an individual’s current physiological framework, the actual sweetness of their semen can differ widely. In fact, certain foods have been proven* to dramatically alter the flavor of semen in men of all ages. On a “nutritional” level, it has been proven* that one tablespoon of semen carries with it approximately 20 calories. That being said, as semen is not typically consumed for nutritional purposes, this information may not be overly relevant for the majority of individuals.

Lesser Known Facts

Believe it or not, semen contains both zinc and calcium. Both zinc and calcium have been proven* to help reduce* the onset of tooth decay in both men and women. Typically, individuals increase* their zinc and calcium levels through the use of enhancement supplements, which can be found at a variety of pharmacies and natural health stores. Obviously, it’s unlikely that an individual will use semen as a preventative measure against tooth decay. That being said, this remain an interesting, “undiscovered” element of knowledge related to semen for individuals around the world.

Allergic Reactions

It is believed that roughly 5% of women around the world are, on some level, allergic to semen. This allergy can manifest itself in a variety of ways, some which are remarkably mild. That being said, women with more significant allergic reactions to semen may find their health adversely affected if they come into contact with this fluid.

History

Although it’s common knowledge that sexual intercourse produces* children, the actual “discovery” of semen did not occur until well into the 17th century. Antonie van Leeuwenhoek, a Dutch scientist, is credited with the first official discovery of sperm in 1677. This discovery served as a pioneering step forward in studies related to reproductive health. Without Leeuwenhoek’s efforts, the development of many of our more popular reproductive treatment therapies used today would have been delayed considerably. Leeuwenhoek is also credited with discovering and researching a variety of other significant items, including muscular fibers, cell vacuoles and bacteria.

Misconceptions

Due to the “sensitive” nature of reproductive health, a variety of misconceptions have been developed solely out of ignorance caused by a marked lack of informed discussion on the part of both common individuals and scientific researchers. Although the link between increased testosterone levels and increased sperm production is firmly established, many individuals believe that the pitch of a man’s voice can serve as an effective indicator of sperm levels within his body. Although this is, in fact, a true statement, the associations typically derived during discussion are often proven* to be false. When comparing men with low-pitched voices to those with high-pitched voices, studies have shown that higher pitches are more closely associated with increased sperm count than those with “deeper” voices. Although we often associated deep, resonant voices with an increase* in virility or masculinity, the biological “truth” shows a remarkably different story.

Although the information presented here may only shed light on specific elements of a much larger picture, men who are interested in learning more about their own bodies are encouraged to discuss their particular physiology with a medical professional. Through a thorough and careful assessment of an individual’s reproductive health, it becomes easier to assess the validity and credibility of a variety of potential future hazards that affect the reproductive health of men around the world.

It’s important to note that many of our misconceptions and commonly believed “truths” related to sperm may lead us into situations with potentially adverse health consequences. Before entering into a sexual relationship with another individual, men should ensure that they are fully informed as to the appropriate and responsible methods for ensuring* that fertilization does not occur unless intended. Just because a process is “natural” doesn’t meant that there aren’t negative health consequences associated with it! Remaining informed and educated is the best possible strategy for those who are in a situation in which their sexual health will play an active and decisive role. Good luck!

Facts About Semen

Many people are familiar with the fact that sperms are produced and stored in the male’s testes. They have a tadpole like appearance and were first discovered in1677 by a Dutch microscope. For fertilization to occur in a woman, only one sperm out of millions ejected by a man is required to reach the ova.

Semen Content

In a typical ejaculation, 60% of the ejaculate consists of seminal plasma, 25% is prostrate fluids, and 10% is Sperms. The remaining 5% is just mucus. A typical teaspoon of an average human ejaculate can contain as many as between 200 and 500 million sperms.

Nutritional Facts About Semen

In a serving size of a teaspoon of semen, there are 20 calories, 6mg of fat, 11mg of carbohydrates, and 3mg of cholesterol. The remainder, which is the largest part, is 150mg of protein. This is based on an average human male ejaculate.

Your Diet Can Affect The Taste of Your Sperms

If you are accustomed to red meat, dairy products, coffee, garlic and onions, your sperms may not only taste acidic, but bitter as well. People who mostly rely on foods with natural sugars, such as fruits, have sweet tasting sperms.

Average Number of Sperm Per Ejaculation Between Mammals

The rat seems to be the mammal with the lowest number of sperms per ejaculation. Surprisingly, it is seconded by the rabbit with man coming in as the third. The sheep follows at the fourth position with a sperm count almost double to that of a man. Surprisingly, the bull comes at fifth with around 3 billion sperms per ejaculate. Shockingly, the pig tops the list with about 8 billion sperm per shot. One may wonder* why the swine has not dominated the world.

Other Facts About Semen

  • Are you aware that the average distance a man can ejaculate is 7 to 10 miles inches? However, the world record for the furthest distance travelled by sperms from a man is 18 feet.
  • At the point of ejaculation for a typical man, the set off speed of sperm is around 31 mph… way too faster than the West African jaguar.
  • The so called fertilization bullets can only live in a woman’s body for a maximum of five days. Surprisingly, they can live for a maximum of 3 minutes in a cold toilet seat.
  • Sperm has an average PH of between 7.2 and 8.0 again, based on your dietary intakes.
  • According to estimates, 5% of women have allergic reactions when semen is introduced in their bodies.

Weird Fact

Some cultures still don’t recognize what maturation really entails. In Etoro tribe of Papua in New Guinea, boys only qualify to be called adults if they swallow the semen from their elders!

13 Weird Facts About Semen You Should Know

1.What is semen made of?

Semen is made of spermatozoa, which are released with each ejaculation. It is also made of vitamins, minerals and other beneficial substances for sexual health. Interestingly enough, zinc is an ingredient of semen, helping to keep the sperm cells in a stable position.

2. What does semen contain?

Semen contains, first and foremost, spermatozoa. Apart from that, it contains fructose, amino acids, enzymes, flavins and citrate. It even contains vitamin C, proteins, zinc, acid phosphatase and galactose. Other ingredients include sialic acid, mucus and fibrinolysin.

3. Sperm require 75 days to develop in the testes

The testes are producing* sperm on a regular basis – it has been proven* that 1.500 new spermatozoa are produced every other second. However, these do not reach maturity straight away; they require about 75 days to fully develop in the testes and be ready for the fertilization process.

4. Sperm is produced until the end of life

While women enter menopause and stop* producing* eggs, men continue to produce* sperm until the end of life. Both semen and seminal fluid are produced on a continuous basis, without an actual scientific explanation. However, this means that a man can still have children later in life, as opposed to women who end their fertility cycle with menopause.

5. Semen is used for cooking

No matter how strange this may seem, there are people who have used semen for cooking. The proposers of these semen-based recipes draw attention to the fact that semen is rich in all sort of beneficial substances, not to mention it has a rich and wonderful texture. Who would have believed that semen would be appreciated for such properties?

6. Two-headed, two-tailed sperm

If you were to analyze your sperm under a microscope, you would quickly discover that they are abnormal. In truth, the majority of the sperm have two heads or two tails, being presented as deformed. The head of the sperm can either be too big or too small, in comparison with its body – this is another common deformity.

7. Swimming is not something all sperm are good at

With each ejaculation, millions of sperm reach the moist and welcoming environment of the vagina. However, the majority of them lack the necessary swimming skills and, thus, they are unable to reach the female egg. They end up swimming in a circle or just moving around, without any particular direction.

8. Semen is an active ingredient in high-end cosmetics

You might not expect semen to be used as an ingredient in cosmetics but it actually is. Appreciated for its antioxidant properties, it has been added to anti-aging and anti-acne products. It seems that the active ingredient, spermine, is capable of making wrinkles less* visible and preventing acne breakouts at the same time.

9. Semen might cure* depression

Given its rich content in beneficial substances, semen might be an efficient remedy against depression and its otherwise discomforting symptoms. As it contains serotonin, melatonin, oxytocin, estrone and prolactin, it should come as no surprise that it can enhance* mood and make one feel better*.

10. You can fertilize an egg with dead sperm

You would think that once the sperm are dead, they can no longer fertilize an egg. However, as scientists have recently shown, it is possible to fertilize an egg with dead sperm. It seems that female eggs require the DNA of the sperm for the actual fertilization, so it does not matter if the sperm is alive or not.

11. Semen as invisible ink

During World War I, it was briefly considered whether semen could be used as an invisible ink or not. In fact, a study was even conducted, in order to assess such properties of semen. Imagine British spies being able to communicate their message using semen – does that seem strange to you or not?

12. Semen is rich in protein

The fact that semen is rich in protein might not seem weird at all. However, you should know that semen contains exactly the same kind of protein as egg whites, meaning albumin. According to scientists, this protein is found not only in semen but in many of the other fluids produced in our bodies.

13. Wireless technology can influence sperm quality

While we have grown accustomed to using wireless technology, you should know that it can have a negative influence on sperm quality. This is because it emits radiations which can damage the semen and its cells, reducing* the rate of fertility; it is especially important to refrain from keeping a laptop on your lap or a smartphone in your pocket.

10 Fun Facts About Semen You Didn’t Know

1. What is a sperm?

A sperm is the reproductive cell of the male, being responsible for the fertilization of the female egg. Their lifetime span is limited, as the sperm will fuse with the egg and contribute to the forming of the embryo. Sperm cells are formed and stored in the testicles, being released from the penis during ejaculation.

2. How is the sperm released?

When a man is excited, the penis becomes filled with blood and, thus, erect. When he is close to reaching orgasm, the sperm that have reach maturity travel towards the ejaculatory ducts. They mix with the seminal fluid and the milky fluid from the prostate, being ejaculated from the penis (urethra).

3. How is semen produced?

Sperm are produced in the testicles, with different hormones regulating their production. They are not the only ingredients of semen. As it was already mentioned above, semen is produced from a combination of sperm, seminal fluid and a fluid released from the prostate gland, which gives its milky color and specific texture.

4. Sperm was discovered in 1674

You might not know this for a fact but sperm was discover for the first time in 1674, by Antoni van Leeuwenhoek, a Dutchman who made microscopes. He decided to analyze his own semen under the microscope, thus discovering the small spermatozoa floating around. His discovery caused a sensation in the scientific world of that time.

5. Semen can prevent tooth decay

Semen is rich in calcium, zinc and other beneficial minerals – thus, it has the ability of preventing tooth decay and other oral health problems. It can also give the immune and nervous systems a boost*, ensuring* a good state of health. The only thing you should not expect is a minty aftertaste.

6. Men like the taste of their own semen

Scientific studies have proven* that men enjoy the taste of their own semen, whether gay or straight. It is true that many men have tasted their semen accidentally but there are just as many who have done it on purpose, out of curiosity. Other men have declared that, while they have not tasted their own semen, they have tasted the one of their partners.

7. Flavorful ejaculation is a real thing

You can now find and purchase products that are meant to make your semen more flavorful. These contain concentrated extracts of fruits and vegetables, such as bananas, strawberries, broccoli and pineapple. Moreover, they are enriched with vitamins, minerals and spices for a more intense taste.

8. The sperm arrives at the egg fully equipped to succeed

When arriving at the egg, the sperm is equipped with the right weapons for a successful entry. These weapons are actually substances with potent properties which are released from an oval-shaped structure. They are meant to help the sperm penetrate the outer surface of the egg, so that the genetic material can be released without problems.

9. Artificial sperm might become a reality in the near future

Japanese scientists are currently working on developing artificial sperm, so that they can help infertile couples conceive. They are interested in producing* sperm from primary reproductive cells but more research is necessary. Artificial testicles have also been created by Israeli researchers, proving that these are able to produce* viable sperm cells.

10. Bull semen injections were administered for libido boosting

In the past, when Viagra did not exist, it was customary for bull semen injections to be administered to those who suffered from erectile dysfunction problems. It has even been reported that Adolf Hitler frequently received such injections, as libido boosters. However, it was later proven* that they were not effective at all.

In conclusion, there are a lot of facts about semen we have yet to discover. As you have seen, sperm contains a number of beneficial substances for general health; moreover, your diet can influence the taste of the semen. It is important to be aware of the fact that each culture perceives semen in a different manner, with various cultural habits being associated with the production of this fluid.

Take Action: Support Consumer Health Digest by linking to this article from your website

Permalink to this article:

Embed article link: (Click to copy HTML code below):

Reprinting this article:
Non-commercial use OK, cite ConsumerHealthDigest.com with clickable link.


 
 
Author

Expert Author : Mark Simms (Consumer Health Digest)

Mark Simms is a prolific freelance health and beauty writer, independent researcher with a long history and expertise of providing reliable and relatable health content for magazines, newsletters, websites including blogs and journals. He also enjoy exploring men’s and women’s health category writing articles about sex and relationships, product review and providing information on sexual health.