Sperm 101: 10 Crazy Facts You Never Knew About Sperm

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There are how many of them?
s*x is about as much fun as two people can
have. This is a well-documented . But
when it comes to , are you all up on
your swimmers-knowledge? There’s a lot to
know about those little guys. Here are just
ten of the many wild facts you should know
about sperm.

1. Not all sperm are made equal: As
much as a man would love to have millions of
perfect little guys, the fact is that many of
them are deformed. We’re talking two heads,
two tails, squiggly tails, heads that are too
large or two small, etc.

2. Sperm are hard workers: Well, not all of
them. But of the ones that can swim straight
enough to get to the egg, one lucky bugger
(though sometimes more than one. Can you
say multiples?) drills its way into the egg to
begin fertilization.

3. There is a difference between
“sperm” and “semen”: Many people use
both terms interchangeably, but they are not
the same substance. Sperm cells are just one
part of the semen. Seminal fluid also contains
fructose and proteolytic, among other
enzymes, to help the sperm on they way.

4. The odds are tough: In the average
release, there are 200 million sperm. That’s
some steep competition!

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5. Sperms don’t have to be moving to
fertilize an egg: That’s both true and not
true. For natural fertilization to occur, the
sperm has to be able to swim and drill into
the egg, but during In-Vitro fertilization, the
sperm is injected directly into the egg,
making motion on the sperm’s part a non-
issue.

6. They don’t always know where
they’re going: Only about half of the sperm
who are ejaculated make it to the egg. The
rest doodle around in circles.

7. You need to keep your boys cool: For
healthy sperm to exist in a man’s body, the
testicles need to be cooler than the body. On
average, testicles are seven degrees cooler
than the rest of the body. You don’t want the
testicles to be any closer to the warmth than
necessary. That’s why boxers are better than
briefs when it comes to making babies!

8. The production process is different in
men and women: Ladies are born with all
the eggs they will ever have in their life. But
men are constantly making new sperm. It
takes about two months for a sperm cell to
go from start to finish.

9. Diet plays a big role in the taste of
semen: Gentlemen, if you are partial to oral
s*x, do both of you a favor by exercising
regularly and maintaining a diet high in fruits
and veggies. It benefits you in that you will
have healthier sperm, and it benefits your
partner in that your semen tastes better. A
diet high in red meat, dairy, garlic and coffee
will make the taste of your semen take a
nosedive.

10. They come in both genders: Yes,
there are male and female sperm. The males
tend to be faster, but the females are
stronger, so it’s kind of a stalemate in the
sperm gender war.

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