You probably know that your sperms are great swimmers. The male reproductive cells travel up the reproductive system of the female to fertilize the egg. It is required for reproduction, to create a new life. However, people do not know much about sperm that carries half of the genetic code of the baby. Here are some interesting things you probably didn’t know about sperm. (ALSO READ 5 Factors That Have Negative Effect On Men’s Fertility).
1. You can produce sperm even when you have just one testicle
Even if you have just one testicle, you will be able to father a child. The remaining testicle will produce a bit more to compensate.
2. It is normal to have abnormal sperm
Over 90 percent of the sperm produced by the human body is deformed. The sperm cell may contain a huge head, coiled tail, two tails or two heads. This is because of monogamy as the sperm of one male does not have to compete with the sperm of another male at the same time. So, it is normal to have abnormal sperms.
3. Sperm go through a lot before they reach their destination
The journey of sperm from the male body to the egg cell in the female body is pretty intense. The sperm is produced by the testicles in the male and it mixes with fluids to form semen. The semen is then ejaculated into the women, where there are a number of hazards before it reaches the egg. Once it enters the womb the first hurdle is whether to go right or left as there are two fallopian tubes. Once the sperm swims into the right fallopian tube, it has to reach the egg and then enter the egg.
4. Increase in temperature can lower the sperm count
The number of sperm decreases when the temperature increases. So, the sperm count will be low in summer as compared to the winter season. Overexposure to high temperature can lead to decreased number of sperm for months. So, think before you prop up the laptop on your lap.
5. Sperm and semen are different
Sperm is the cell that contains the genetic material whereas semen is the fluid that contains the sperm. The fluid contains substance from seminal vesicles and prostate glands. (ALSO READ How to increase sperm count naturally: Eat these 11 food items to improve male potency).
6. You ejaculate only about half a teaspoon but it contains 200 million sperm
You usually ejaculate only about half a teaspoon but it is enough to do the job. Half a teaspoon of semen contains about 200 million sperm. All the sperm entering the womb compete to reach the egg and fertilize it.
7. Your body keeps producing sperms
Women are born with a specific number of eggs and by the time they reach the age of 30 they are left with just 1/8 of the number. However, men keep producing sperm throughout their life. Their sperm may contain fragmented DNA as they age, but the production of sperms never ceases.
You need to eat healthy food to keep your sperm healthy. It is important to have healthy sperms to make a baby.