Sperm usually stays in your body for 48 hours after intercourse. However, “it can also stay there for five to seven days,” depending on the cervical mucus, says Fisch. Interestingly, cervical mucus protects sperm and helps them stay longer in the body during the ovulation period, when you are more fertile.
3- Having a lot of sex and masturbating often does not decrease the amount of sperm
Men do not have a limited sperm count, says reproductive endocrinologist Carrie Wambach, MD of the Southern California Reproductive Center in Los Angeles. That said, frequent ejaculation can decrease the volume of sperm, but if it usually has a normal amount of sperm, it should not have much impact, she adds.
4- The temperature can decrease the amount of spermatozoa
The sperm fluctuates according to the seasons. “The amount of sperm tends to be lower during the summer months and higher during the winter months” because exposure to heat decreases sperm count, Fisch says. Gestures as innocuous as putting a computer on his lap or as obvious as relaxing in a hot tub have the effect of overheating the spermatozoa.
“Being in a hot tub with a temperature of 104 degrees or more can dramatically reduce sperm count,” Fisch warns. In fact, this decrease can last for months after extreme overexposure to high temperatures. “I also advise my patients not to go into hot tubs if they try to have children,” he says.
5- The taste of sperm does not depend on the diet
The sperm contains fructose (a natural sugar), which gives it a slightly sweet taste. He has never had a study determining a link between food eaten by a man and the taste of his sperm, says Fisch.
However, this rumor is pushed forward by a ton of anecdotal evidence, which seems to be beneficial for your partner when he asks you to taste it.
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6- There is as much male sperm as female sperm
The sperm is either an X or Y chromosome. Their chances of fertilizing the egg are the same, says Fisch. The idea that one type of chromosome is more elastic or faster than the other is just a myth.
7- Sperm allergy is very rare
“It may be due to other factors, such as a vaginal infection,” says Fisch. A study was done on a sexually transmitted allergy to Brazil nuts, following the case of a woman who had an allergic reaction to her partner’s sperm after eating Brazil nuts. Such cases are extremely rare. After experiencing this kind of unusual case, if you are diagnosed as allergic, wear a condom to prevent irritation.
8- The creation of sperm is elaborated
It takes about two and a half months for the body to prepare all the sperm expelled during a medium ejaculation. It is first created in the testicles, then moves to the epididymis. The sperm then moves through the vas deferens and swings through the seminal vesicles where it mixes with a fluid to form the sperm. Finally, the prostate adds a last little liquid before ejaculation.
9- The state of health affects sperm
“Sperm can be healthier for men under 40,” says Wambach. “Sperm will certainly be healthier in men who avoid certain things, such as smoking, a diet high in fat and environmental toxins,” he says. So, if you plan to start or grow your family, keep that in mind.