Man's semen is an important part of having sex, but unfortunately only a few really understand the intricacies of semen. Usually most people will focus more on sperm than semen. In fact, male semen has its own unique and distinctive features that make it different from sperm.
There are still many who misinterpret semen and sperm as the same thing. Semen is a cloudy white liquid produced by men during ejaculation. So, it is not right to call the liquid sperm. In the semen, it contains sperm cells (spermatozoa), fructose, and various enzymes that are responsible for helping sperm to fertilize the uterus. Sperm itself is a male reproductive cell that contains half the chromosomes needed to fertilize and form a zygote. The other half of the chromosome is in the female egg.
1. As much as 5% of semen is sperm
Every man ejaculates, the semen produced contains sperm. The amount of sperm contained in each male ejaculation is around 200 to 500 million. This means that sperm takes up about 5% of the total volume of semen produced during ejaculation. This number can change depending on the length of time and volume of ejaculation. Semen functions to neutralize the acidity when sperm enters the vagina so that sperm do not die and can move towards the egg to fertilize.
2. Semen contains various nutrients
Semen is produced by the gland of the semen bag (also known as the seminal vesicle) which is located in the lower back of the male bladder. The white color is cloudy due to the high protein content in semen. In addition to protein and sperm cells, male semen contains various other nutrients such as acid drugs, fructose, iron, calcium, magnesium, sodium, potassium, vitamin B12, calories, and water.
3. Swallowing semen won't make it fat
Maybe you've heard the myth that swallowing semen will make you fat faster because semen contains calories. Although semen does have calorie content, ingesting semen does not necessarily cause weight gain. In one ejaculation, there are only about 5 calories in a man's semen. This number of calories is equivalent to eating one fresh strawberry.
4. The thickness of semen always changes every day
No need to worry if every day the viscosity or consistency of semen changes because this is very natural. Sometimes semen can be very thick like a gel, but it can also be liquid. There are various factors that affect the consistency of male semen. One of them is the water content in the body. The more men consume fluids, then the nature of the semen produced will be even more watery.
5. The food or drink consumed will not change the taste of semen
Because of the high fructose content, a healthy man's semen will feel slightly sweet. However, if you are a heavy smoker, your semen will likely feel different because of the poisons produced by cigarettes such as nicotine, tar, and carbon monoxide. Because of this fact, many people believe that the food or drink you consume can affect the taste of semen. For example if you eat lots of fruits such as watermelon, kiwi, or pineapple, then the semen will also feel fresher. However, this is still a myth because until now, there has been no scientific evidence to support this assumption.
6. Allergy to male semen is very rare
Usually someone states that he or she is allergic to semen to avoid the request to swallow semen from their partner. In fact, there may be an allergy to male semen, but this is very rare. Experts state that cases of women who are allergic to semen only range from one to five percent. Allergy to semen can also be directly seen, namely the skin or body parts that come into contact with semen will become itchy, reddish, and swollen.
7. Semen can transmit venereal disease
Although male semen contains a variety of good nutrients, this natural liquid can also transmit various types of venereal diseases such as syphilis, gonorrhea, chlamydia, herpes, and HIV. So, to avoid the risk of transmission of venereal disease, always use contraception when doing sexual activities.
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