1. What it consists of
So, semen usually contains a certain amount of spermatozoa (according to WHO, in a healthy ejaculate – at least 15 million in 1 ml and at least 39 million in total). They are needed in order to get to the mature egg and fertilize it. The remaining components help to transfer them from the male body to the female, turning the stream into a viscous liquid. The seminal vesicles (two tubes in the lower abdomen) produce fructose, a sugar that gives the sperm the energy for a successful journey.
2. Useful substances
Semen contains vitamins C, B12, ascorbic acid, calcium, fructose, lactic acid, magnesium, zinc, potassium, salt, fats and hundreds of different proteins. However, all these components are in it in minimal quantities. Its energy value is a few calories per milliliter.
3. She comes out a little
The average volume of sperm per ejaculation is 2-5 ml, that is, no more than a teaspoon.
4. Quality changes with age
Men can produce sperm even at a very advanced age. But the older they are, the less sperm and fluid itself. The best – at the age of 20-30 years.
5. Precum is not semen.
What is excreted prior to orgasm is not considered full-fledged semen: there are no or very few “tadpoles” in this fluid, and they are usually not viable. However, there is a chance of getting pregnant, so it is not recommended to use coitus interruptus. Why do you need pre-ejaculate, which is produced by Cooper’s glands? It acts as a lubricant, protects sperm from the acidic environment in the urethra and vagina.
6. Sperm should not turn yellow and smell bad
This is a sign of an infection, including a sexually transmitted one. And if the liquid is reddish and brownish, it means that a blood vessel has burst somewhere inside. Sometimes the smell of the seed changes due to certain foods.
7. Lifespan – up to five days
That is how much spermatozoa can wait for the right moment to fertilize the egg (that’s why the calendar method does not always work). But outside the female body, they live a matter of minutes, and in a hot bath – seconds.
8. And for the face it is useless
Despite the fact that facial products with this component have already appeared, doctors are convinced that sperm does not have any therapeutic effect. However, it won’t do any harm.
9. Sperm allergy is no joke.
Cases of anaphylactic shock after sex have been reported. Some women react this way to the proteins in their semen. Another option is a reaction to food or antibiotics that the partner has taken. The allergen enters the semen, which enters the vagina, and the decay products enter the circulatory system. Most often, an allergy is manifested by redness or burning in the vagina, but an ambulance may also be required.