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Know Thy Semen!

Posted Dec 04 2008 12:00am

Ejaculate, or “cum”, is comprised of sperm and the fluid (semen) in which it travels to leave the body. Sperm are produced in the testicles, and move to mature and be stored in the epididymis. Sperm are then transported up the vas deferens by hair-like projections called “cilia”. As they move forward, they meet up with semen. The fluids that make up semen come from several parts of the male reproductive system. The seminal vesicle secretes a high-energy fluid that “energizes” sperm so they can swim by themselves. The prostate secretes about 1/3 of seminal fluid. Shortly after a man gets an erection, the Cowper’s glands secrete a small amount of fluid called “pre-ejaculate” or “pre-cum,” a fluid that cleans the urethra of urine, since urine is hostile to sperm. With each ejaculation, approximately 1½ to 2 teaspoons (amounts may vary) of semen is released, containing several hundred million sperm.

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