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Facts About Sperm

11 Sperm Facts Every Woman Should Know

Sperm, as tiny as they are, can affect us in a huge way. For instance: did you know that there is anywhere from 40-400 million of those little guys in the average amount of semen produced each time a man ejaculates? And that's just for starters . . .

  1. Sperm are produced in the man's testes, and it takes 10 weeks for a single sperm to reach maturity.
  2. Mature sperm can wait up to two weeks for their big day. Until then, they hang out in the epididymis — a coil like structure that runs across the top of each testicle.
  3. If sperm is not ejaculated, it is broken down and reabsorbed by the body.
  4. Semen only contains about 10 percent sperm — the rest consists of enzymes, vitamin C, calcium, protein, sodium, zinc, citric acid, and fructose sugar. All of these nutrients are needed to help sperm survive and thrive.
  5. While the studies on the subject are slim, there does seem to be some correlation between what men eat and the taste of their sperm. Red meat, dairy products, onions, garlic, and coffee may not go down as sweet as foods containing natural sugars, such as pineapple.
  6. Healthy males produce about 70-150 million sperm a day —  but when they ejaculate, they can lose up to three times that amount.
  7. The average man ejaculates enough semen to fill half of a teaspoon.
  8. While men make millions of new sperm each and every day, the entire maturation process takes anywhere from two to three months.
  9. Most sperm survive in a woman's body for about 72 hours. However, under the right conditions, it's possible for sperm to survive for five to seven days.
  10. There's such a thing as abnormal sperm: two heads, short tails, little heads, big heads – you name it, it happens.
  11. There are male and female sperm. Female sperm are slower, but stronger, while the males are faster, but weaker.
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Marci Marci 10 years
Excellent info
Miami-Gal Miami-Gal 10 years
lawyerjenn, my cousin sent me some links. She is not a doctor but a 'sex' teacher...she does those female sex toy parties. There is a method that discusses positions and the douche thing. Female sperm survive more in acidic environments...it's the baking soda douche for boys. Here's a link and good luck. http://www.childbirth.org/articles/sex.html
scratch5 scratch5 10 years
Well I heard, for the gender of your baby, that it is a timing thing. Sperms that are carry a Y chromosome( or male) tend to swim really hard really fast and expire quickly, while sperms carry an X chromosome (or female) swim steadily and slowly and last longer. So for a boy you should have sex close to the day of ovulation and for a girl a few days earlier. I had to girls without trying so I have no idea if this works or not. good luck lawyer jean and have fun as a braidesmaid too!!!!
lawyerjenn lawyerjenn 10 years
Actually, it's a position thing to influence sex. If you do it with the guy on top and with the woman's pelvis tilted up, you are increasing your chances for a boy (they can get to where they are going faster). If you do it with the woman on top, you have a better shot at getting a girl, because the female sperm have more of an endurance event in front of them :) My hubby and I are going to start trying at the end of the summer for our first baby (once I'm done being a bridesmaid!) and we're going to try to increase our chances for a boy. We'll see how that theory holds up.
Miami-Gal Miami-Gal 10 years
I heard from my cousin that there are douches people use for influencing the sex of a baby. One with vinegar, and I can't remember the other.
DStirk DStirk 10 years
5 days! sooooo weird! i love that the male sperm are weaker, that really explains a lot!
Fitness Fitness 10 years
Yeah, 5 days ladies. I thought it was less than that too. People using natural birth control (charting your cycle) NEED to know this info or else they could end up being mommies.
aistea311 aistea311 10 years
I had a feeling it was somewhere between 3-5 days (haha sounds like shipping qualities * will be shipped within 3-5 business days* anyway, before my mind wanders too much into the gutter....
Ms_Magnificent1 Ms_Magnificent1 10 years
5 DAYS!!! Oh hell to the no...
fashion_doll24 fashion_doll24 10 years
I always learned in Biology that not only the male sperm is weaker, it also dies sooner inside the female body. Some people use this knowledge to try and influence their baby's sex.
ccsugar ccsugar 10 years
The ingredients for semen sounds like Gatorade, or something. I guessed 2-3 days!! I didn't know they could live that long, those little suckers
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