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Ask E. Jean for DearSugar: Is Semen Fattening?


When I saw the Dear Sugar quiz called “SEMEN: What Do You Know,” it got me wondering. I’m very vain about my figure. I’m in great shape, ride my bike 120 miles a week, watch what I eat, and count every calorie. So, here’s my question: How many calories are in semen? My fiancé and I enjoy oral sex about three times a week. Is it fattening? ----Colorado Girl

To See E. Jean's answer


When sperm leaves the human male, it travels at a Lance Armstrong-grade bike speed of 27 miles-an-hour. It weighs in at about a teaspoon, contains three times the vitamins of a Jolly Rancher and fairly explodes with protein (about the same as an egg white.) As for calories? 5-7. Fewer than a cherry Life Saver. Bon Appetit!

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LadyP LadyP 9 years
Wow, kinda sick. Don't know many women who swallow but I'm sure some do, or this question wouldn't have been asked!
Esix Esix 9 years
Stay away from gang bangs if you don't want to gain weight
kg3 kg3 10 years
What in the he double hockey sticks is wrong with this person
Lippy Lippy 10 years
OMG, this is soooo gross!!! Why would you even swallow that %$&#$% unless surprised a la Samantha Jones LOL
raebae raebae 10 years
Cherimoya- you thought it was 'semen' but not 'that kind of semen'? Just curious...what other kind is there? I seem to have missed that lesson in sex ed. And for all you ladies and gents who think this was a dumb question, you obviously were curious enough to click on it, so you might as well admit that you secretly wanted to know the answer. There's no shame in it, folks!
limelace limelace 10 years
that is gross... and a really stupid question.
Jinx Jinx 10 years
LMAO! Although I heard it has a high sugar content, don't you have to be slurping quite a bit of this stuff to be concerned. On the vegetarian issue, I suppose you can if you're a vegetarian, but not a vegan? :rotfl:
kellylp kellylp 10 years
ROFL!!! Speechless.
La-Belle La-Belle 10 years
candi_s candi_s 10 years
is the health fact about sperm meant to encourage swallowing? cuz i might as well have it as a meal. like a wheatgrass shot with 'pleasure'...!!
totonlaura totonlaura 10 years
I don't know whether to :ROTFL: or be :SICK:
chakra_healer chakra_healer 10 years
Hey, you learn something new every day! I type that with 10 books about dualism in front of me, untouched... Anyway, so weird, like weirdest thing ever, my SOs looks like egg whites, same texture... He has a humongo clear plastic container of egg whites in the fridge and every morning poors them out to cook, I watch and almost wretch every time! Weird thing is, it doesn't bother me (taste, look, texture) in the act. But those egg whites, ewww, like a gross collective flashback.
missmaddie missmaddie 10 years
Ooooh, E. Jean, you naughty minx! Thank you for boldly going where no other advice columnist has gone!
veronicaraye veronicaraye 10 years
well that def. proves the myths wrong.
katie225 katie225 10 years
yuck. some girls swallow, i cannot. i actually start to gag and almost throw up just thinking about it. more power to those who can, though. my bf is jealous.
alxxxmx alxxxmx 10 years
My goodness! I didn't think "semen" was that kind of semen. What a question.
Ashlyn-Rose Ashlyn-Rose 10 years
I don't think it's quite fair to call the girl who asked this sick (c'mon, be nice you guys)! I saw the link to this page and I was really curious about it too!
minaminamina minaminamina 10 years
Hey Socialite - if you're in an exclusive relationship and regularly get tested with your partner, the risk of oral STDs is not really a factor, as long as there's safety involved. I like swallowing - it makes him feel good and it makes me happy to see that. I would expect my man to be fine with going down on me without a barrier attached, as long as we know we're both safe for that.
desodaro desodaro 10 years, all I can say is wow...some people!
flesh_magick flesh_magick 10 years
demonkitty18 demonkitty18 10 years
lmfao- u learn smtg new and hilarious everyday!
books-and-shoes books-and-shoes 10 years
:rotfl: I'm cracking up at sciencegirl's response!
Neural Neural 10 years
there are no stupid questions...
popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 10 years
Somewhere in the world, this girl's boyfriend is cheering wildly.
scourtneyex scourtneyex 10 years
that is awesome
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