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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

HEADUP: 10 Crazy Sperm Facts You Won’t Believe Are Real

These little micro swimmers can sometimes be surrounded by mystery, but that’s where we come in. Continue reading for a quick crash course on sperm cells. Here are 10 crazy sperm facts you may not know: 


10 Nature has its own Darwinian method; only the strongest sperm survive the journey up the fallopian tubes and even then may not penetrate the egg.


 
9 Average ejaculation holds close to 100 million individual sperm.

 

8 Temperature plays a big part in sperm health; tight pants, hot baths, and even wearing briefs instead of boxers can negatively affect sperm quality.
 
7 Men continue to be fertile throughout their entire life, though their sperm count does drop as they age.
 
6 Size does matter in terms of testicles, as smaller testicles mean smaller hormone levels and sperm count.
 
5 Some people choose to freeze sperm for future use. Cancer treatments or other various reasons have people leave samples at facilities that then use liquid nitrogen to freeze and store the samples.
 
4 It’s suggested that men have sex every two to three days to maintain an optimum sperm count.
 
3 Sperm swim in semen, a fluid composed of 15 elements including chlorine, phosphorus, and nitrogen.
 
2 Because sperm can live in the right conditions for up to five days, cases can occur in which partners having sex before ovulation still become pregnant a few days later.
 
1 A single sperm contains 37.5 MB of data, meaning that the 100 million average sperm per ejaculation accounts for a 1,500 terabyte data transfer. 

Credits: Reagan M. 

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