BuzzFeed Science had the opportunity to chat about semen with Dr. It turns out semen is pretty freaking baller, and we have the facts to prove it. Spermatazoa, or sperm, is the name given to the reproductive cell that looks like a tadpole. Seminal fluid is the stuff that the tadpole swims in. Together they form semen — an armored tank carrying a fertilization superhero. Or, as Morgentaler calls them, "heat-seeking missiles.
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Human sperm travels at the staggering rate of up to 4 millimeters per minute, but many are as slow as 1 millimeter per minute. The average length of the journey to the fallopian tubes is millimeters, which means the Road Runners of the team can get there in 45 minutes, but in practice the journey takes anything up to 3 days. Even a fertile couple with no conception issues and practicing unprotected sex with ejaculation in the female have only a 1—in-4 chance of conceiving. If you wear jockey shorts to keep the meat and two veg neatly packaged, instead of those airy boxer shorts, your chances start dwindling rapidly. One of the reasons for sperm taking so long to find the egg is because they have no sense of direction.
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Maybe it is because the woman is the one who is responsible for carrying a new child within her body for the first months of its life. There are many interesting facts about sperm that can help a person recognize how important they are to creating a healthy child. Take some time to appreciate the role they play in creating life. What a man eats daily plays a very important role in the health of their sperm. DHA found in Omega-3 essential fatty acid, found in foods like Alaskan wild salmon and cod liver oil, has been shown to play a critical role in proper formation of sperm.
Sometimes the things you'd never bring up in polite company are the most interesting. Case in point: semen. It's one of those sex -related subjects that's shrouded in so much mystery, it becomes even more intriguing. There are the obvious facts: it's a major part of getting someone pregnant and has garnered a lot of laughs in movies. There's Something About Mary , anyone?