12 Things You Should Definitely Know About Sperm

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Sperms!!! We’re off to the races
On your marks, get set, GO!
First one to the egg
Wins the chance to grow…
…A new baby girl, or perhaps a baby boy
Come on you Sperms! Deploy, deploy, DEPLOY!!

That was a poem about Sperms I just made up. Yup, literally off the top of my head. Oh, how my talents are wasted here :p

There are plenty of rumors about sperm that you’ve likely heard. But, if you’re like most people, you don’t put a great deal of thought into those tiny little swimmers or the information that you’ve stumbled across. Today is the day to change that and learn the real-deal about Sperm! To give you a head start in your efforts to be an informed and responsible individual, here are 12 things that you probably didn’t know about sperm:

1 Nowhere to Run!! Typically, sperm remain in the body for 48-hours after intercourse, however, they can stay in the body for up to five-days. The closer to ovulation, the longer the sperm will stay in the body. Be warned!!!

2 Seasons Affect Sperm. Temperature does affect sperm, and it is during the colder months of the year that they are most active. Heat exposure lessens the sperm count and causes increased difficulty conceiving.

3 Masturbation Doesn’t Lower Sperm Count. It might make you go blind, but fear not, there is no truth to the myth that masturbation lowers Sperm count! However, it is possible for volume to lower if a man is ejaculating frequently. Save up for 48 hours for that special date 🙂

4 A Sweet Treat. Yum! Semen contains small amounts of fructose, causing a naturally sweet taste. Some people state that eating fruit like pineapple causes the taste to sweeten more, but there is no evidence to support this fact.

5 A Sperm Allergy. Women, for decades now, have stood solid by claims of a sperm allergy. While it is possible for a woman to have an allergy to the sperm, it is extremely rare. In fact, you’re more likely to have a bacterial infection than an allergy to sperm. Ladies! Quit making excuses!! 😛

6 The Long Journey. On average, it takes about two and one-half months to 3 months to prepare a batch of sperm for ejaculation. The formation of the sperm starts in the testicles and travels to the epididymis, onto the vas deferens and finally sets out on the long stroll home.

7 Healthy Sperm. A man’s health affects the health of his sperm, too. Men under 40 years of age tend to have healthier sperm than men over the age of 40. In addition, men who avoid hazards such as smoking, high-fat diets, etc. have higher sperms counts.

8 Abnormal Sperm. Did you know that about 90% of all sperm created in a man’s reproductive system are deformed? From two heads to two tails and other deformities, what appears to be a deformity is actually quite normal in the sperm-world. No discrimination – you go Sperms!

9 The Right Amount. How much sperm does a man ejaculate each time he orgasms? The answer is about one 3.7 ml on average (the equivalent to about 3/4 of a teaspoon). This is the perfect amount to get those little swimmers to the goal line! Source: Men’s Health

10 One Testicle Creation. Although a man has two testicles (and values them both, trust me), he needs only one testicle to produce sperm. The one testicle alone can produce enough sperm to create a baby!

11 Sperm-Making 101. Women are born with all the eggs they’ll need during their reproductive years. Men, however, produce new sperm continually. In fact, men produce millions of new sperm every day.

12 Climaxing is Important for Healthy Sperm. A man must climax regularly to keep his sperm healthy. Oxidative stress causes a reduction in the amount of semen produced as well as the sperm turn-over rate. This can lead to damaged semen cells.

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