Nine Things You Never Knew About Sperm [Watch Video]

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By Indrani Bhattacharyya | August 4, 2014 1:22 PM EST

According to the report by The Guardian, a national sperm bank will be launched in UK to meet the increasing demand for sperm.
The National Gamete Donation Trust (NGDT), in partnership with Birmingham Women’s Hospital, has been awarded £77,000 by the Department of Health (DoH) to provide the service, which will launch in October.

Given too much myths associated with sperm, this is probably high time to get  facts right about something as important as this body fluid.

1.The Process of Ejaculation is Extremely Fast:

According to the report by Fox News, urologist Dr Harry Fisch, clinical professor of reproductive medicine at Weill Medical College of Cornell University, said, the first moment of ejaculation contains the highest concentration of sperm.

2.The Duration:

Sperm usually stays in a woman’s body for 48 hours after sex, but depending on a woman’s cervical mucus, sperm can be present for up to five days to as long as a week. Cervical mucus provides protection to sperm and also helps it to stay longer in the body around the period of ovulation, when a woman is most fertile.

3.More Sex or Masturbation Doesn’t lower a Man’s Sperm Count

Dr Carrie Wambach from Southern California Reproductive Center in Los Angeles confirmed to Fox News that having more sex or masturbation doesn’t lower a man’s sperm count. Too much of ejaculation may affect the volume, but in men with normal sperm count, that should not be a problem.

4.Temperature Can Lower Sperm Count

Sperm count is usually lowest during summer and highest in winter, said Fisch. Overheating reduces sperm count.

5.The Pineapple Connection

Semen contains a natural sugar called fructose, thus giving it a little sweet taste, but to date, there has been no study to confirm if there is any association between the food a man eats and the taste of his sperm.

6.Male and Female Sperm are Completely Equal

Sperm has either the X or Y chromosome, but their chances of making it don’t differ, claimed Fisch. But the concept that one type is more resilient than the other is not true.

7.It's Too Rare an Event to Be Allergic to Sperm

Even though there have been lot of discussions on sperm causing inflammation or redness, according to experts, being allergic to sperm is an extremely rare event.

8.Individual Health Affects Health of Sperm

Sperms are healthier in men who are non-smokers; avoid high fat diet and environmental toxins.

9.The Journey of a Sperm

It takes about two and a half months to prepare all the sperm expelled in the average ejaculation. It initially forms in the testicles then moves up to the epididymis. Then fully formed sperm travels through the vas deferens and swings by the seminal vesicles where it mixes with a fluid to form semen. Finally, the prostate adds the last little bit of fluid before ejaculation, doctors said.”

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