Semen Facts: How Much You Know About These Tadpoles?

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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.

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!

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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.