Is Semen Healthy?
Semen is a bodily fluid that is secreted by the gonads of male animals. It contains spermatozoa and fructose and other enzymes that help the sperm to survive to facilitate successful fertilization. During the process of ejaculation, the semen is ejaculated from the seminal vesicle in the pelvis, which is where it is produced.
Composition of semen
Semen passes through the ejaculatory ducts and mixes with fluids from the seminal vesicles, the prostate, and the bulbourethral glands.
The seminal vesicles produce a viscous, fructose-rich fluid. This forms around 65-70% of the semen base.
The white color of the semen is due to secretion from the prostate glands containing enzymes, citric acid, lipids, and acid phosphatase. This forms around 25-30% of the semen base.
At each ejaculation around 200-500 million spermatozoa are released by the testes. This forms about 2-5% of the semen composition.
Apart from these the bulbourethral glands produce a clear secretion. This helps in mobility of the sperm cells in the vagina and cervix. In addition, this clear secretion reduces the thickness of the channel that the sperm cells swim through and adds a cohesive, jelly-like consistency to the semen. The glands’ secretion contribute less than 1% to the overall semen composition.
Thus semen contains:
- ascorbic acid
- blood group antigens
- citric acid
- vitamin B12
- uric acid
- lactic acid
- other nutrients
Amount of semen per ejaculate
The volume of semen released per ejaculate varies. Approximately an average around 3.4 milliliters is ejaculated at one time. It can be as high as 4.99 milliliters or as low as 2.3 milliliters.
If there is a prolonged gap between ejaculations, the number of sperm in the semen increases but there is no overall increase in the semen.
Possible beneficial effects of consumption of semen
There are mixed reports regarding the effects of swallowing semen. Some studies suggest that absorption of semen via the vaginal mucus membrane lining its inner walls has positive effects like reducing depression and also reduces the risk of breast cancer.
Some women are infertile or lose pregnancies due to miscarriages due to their inherent presence of antibodies that destroy the proteins or antigens present in her sexual partners semen. Having oral sex and swallowing the semen of the partner may help make the pregnancy safer and more successful as the woman is swallowing her partner's antigens.
Possible disadvantages of consumption of semen
Semen can contain several viruses that may be transmitted via bodily fluids from an infected man. The most common example of such sexually transmitted infections (STI) are HIV (Human Immunodeficiency virus) and Hepatitis B and C viruses, herpes, Chlamydia etc.
There are some studies that suggest that vaginal absorption of semen can accelerate the development of an already existing cervical cancer. This occurs due to the prostaglandin present in semen.
Cultural practices and beliefs
Some cultures believe that semen has special properties of masculinity. The idea of semen being associated with masculinity was prevalent in ancient Greece when Aristotle considered semen to be very important.
He said that there existed a connection between blood and semen. He believed that semen was produced from blood using body heat. He believed that too early initiation of sexual activity may mean loss of semen and a loss of valuable and much-needed nourishment.
In Papua New Guinea some communities believe that semen provides sexual maturation to the younger men of the tribe. The tribes believe that the semen of older men can bestow manliness and wisdom to the younger men and for this the men need to fellate their elders to receive their authority and powers.
In ancient eastern cultures gemstones are believed to be drops of divine semen. Chinese believe jade is the dried semen of the celestial dragon.
A study recently published by Dutch psychologists showed that when women are sexually aroused, their disgust tolerance increases — not just regarding sex, but across the board.
In the study, the aroused group of women were less disgusted when asked to touch a "bloody" bone (actually it was red ink) or put their hands in a bowl of allegedly used condoms (which were actually not used, but covered in lubricant). The study also contained two other groups of women who were not aroused.
This study makes lots of sense to me. In my clinical practice, I am always looking for ways to help women reduce their aversions to certain sexual acts or bodily fluids. As shown in the study, if they are able to become aroused, they need less assistance. Unfortunately, for the the women I treat, the flames of passion are all too often extinguished.
Based on my knowledge of evolutionary sexology, I have come up with a useful clinical intervention, and I see it working every day! It is based on the theory that seminal plasma (the fluid that provides nutrients and protection for sperm, consisting of a complex range of organic and inorganic constituents) may have many health benefits.
Yes, you read that correctly — semen is healthy for you!
The alleged benefits of seminal plasma are activated when a man deposits semen into a woman's vagina. Newer research suggests that the same benefits may be available if the seminal plasma is swallowed. Some theories even suggest that semen deposited anally will offer the same benefits. The existence of "butt plugs" suggest that some men may want to keep the seminal plasma inside.
Here are ten alleged health benefits of seminal plasma:
1. Natural antidepressant.
2. Natural anxiety reducer.
3. Improves quality of sleep.
4. Increases energy.
5. Improves concentration.
6. Improves memory.
7. Improves mental alertness.
8. Assists with pregnancy maintenance.
9. Increases female-initiated sexual behavior.
10. Reduces pain.
Impressed? You should be! Nature knows what she is doing! Some of the helpful chemicals in seminal plasma include testosterone, estrogen, prolactin, opioid peptides, oxytocin, serotonin, melatonin, and norepinephrine. Just think, you can get a dose of all that without having to go to the vitamin store!
When I tell women with arousal disorders that they can reap all of the above health benefits, it often enables them to be more receptive to sex. Suddenly, they are may be willing to "swallow" if they think it might help them sleep or reduce their pain. Suddenly they can tolerate intercourse if they believe it may help with depression.
A blowjob a day keeps the doctor away? Of course, the same week that Michael Douglas links cunnilingus to cancer (although he clarified his comments a few days later), us ladies are given another reason to swallow. Guys have all the luck. Yesterday, we were informed that the nutrients in semen are roughly equivalent to a Gwyneth-endorsed protein shake. Yes, apparently dude's jizz includes such energy-boosting ingredients as fructose sugar, water, ascorbic acid, citric acid, enzymes, protein, zinc and others, according to HuffPo.
While this could very well be an enormous conspiracy by the patriarchy to get more oral sex, there is some proof in nature: Some female members of various animal species even consume male ejaculate regularly, like squid, flies and leeches. Squid, flies or leech ejaculate, I mean. Not human ejaculate. (Also, not the animals we want to emulate, per se.)
Recently, our species has been catching on to the recreational imbibing of jizz: The bartender's handbookSemenology, as you can probably guess, features a variety of booze recipes mixed with the stuff. Another cookbook, Natural Harvest, makes the phrase "down-home" recipes a double entendre.
I'll admit, swallowing isn't my least favorite thing to do (if you're into the guy, it's actually really hot), but no way am I thinking about the benefits it has on my health. And no WAYYYY would I drink it in a cocktail, unless someone was playing a really mean trick on me. But this does give guys a pretty great pickup line: "Want to improve your zinc levels, giiiirl?"
To paraphrase a great old slogan for Guinness beer: Sex isn’t just good, it’s good for you!
Okay, so maybe there’s some wishful thinking going on — the science isn’t exactly iron-clad — but evidence is accumulating that the more sex you have, the better off you are.
There is one caveat, though. “We do not have good data to show a direct connection [to all-around good health]," says Jennifer Bass, the head of information services at the Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender and Reproduction in Bloomington, Ind. "We know that healthier people have more sexual activity. But we do not know which comes first. Does the good health make you more willing to have sex, or does the sex have a positive impact?”
And you dirty girrrls and Don Juans should know that the assumed health benefits of sex are generally thought to accrue to people in loving, monogamous relationships or those flying solo. Risky sex with lots of partners will probably do more harm than good.
But while researchers try to nail down the impact on overall health, data is mounting when it comes to some specifics. Here are several potential benefits:
1. Easing depression and stress
Bass says this is pretty definite. “The release from orgasm does much to calm people. It helps with sleep, and that is whether we talk about solo sex or sex with a partner,” she says.
But wait, there’s more. A recent study of college students at the State University of New York in Albany suggests that semen acts as an antidepressant. Females in the study who were having sex without condoms (see safe sex caution, above) had fewer signs of depression than women who used condoms or abstained from sex.
“These data are consistent with the possibility that semen may antagonize depressive symptoms,” the authors wrote, “and evidence which shows that the vagina absorbs a number of components of semen that can be detected in the bloodstream within a few hours of administration.”
I kid you not, ladies. Semen is good stuff. It gives a shot of zinc, calcium, potassium, fructose, proteins -- a veritable cornucopia of vitality!
2. Relieving pain
Orgasm is a powerful pain-killer. Oxytocin, a natural chemical in the body that surges before and during climax, gets some of the credit, along with a couple of other compounds like endorphins.
According to a study by Beverly Whipple, professor emeritus at Rutgers University and a famed sexologist and author, when women masturbated to orgasm “the pain tolerance threshold and pain detection threshold increased significantly by 74.6 percent and 106.7 percent respectively.”
3. Boosting cardio health
I can’t resist another plug for semen. It’s possible that male goo can lower blood pressure. Another recent study found that women who gave their men oral sex, and swallowed, had a lower risk of preeclampsia, the dangerously high blood pressure that sometimes accompanies pregnancy.
No, I’m not making this up. “The present study shows that oral sex and swallowing sperm is correlated with a diminished occurrence of preeclampsia,” said the Dutch authors.
See? We told you it was good for you.
There have been other studies showing that sex lowers blood pressure, and might even protect against strokes because of its stress-relieving ability.
But when we think of sex and the cardio system, we tend to think of poor old Nelson Rockefeller having a heart attack in flagrante delicto. Well, not only does that hardly ever happen, but sex might actually protect the heart. A 2002 report from a large British population of men said “some protection from fatal coronary events may be an added bonus” of frequent sexual intercourse.
4. Countering prostate cancer
Over the past few years, several journals have published studies showing that the more ejaculations the better.
Now the Journal of the American Medical Association, no less, has reported that “high ejaculation frequency was related to decreased risk of total prostate cancer.” It doesn’t matter how a man climaxes -- intercourse or masturbation. So next time he says, “Really, honey, it’s therapy,” he could be telling the truth.
5. Healing wounds
Some evidence suggests sex can be rejuvenating to the point of helping wounds to heal faster. Several experiments have shown that oxytocin can help even stubborn sores, like those suffered by diabetics, to heal by regenerating certain cells.
6. Fighting aging
Maybe it’s the rejuvenation, maybe the happiness, maybe all of the above. One thing’s for sure: “Use it or lose it” is literally true. For example, postmenopausal women often suffer from “vaginal atrophy,” which is what it sounds like and can lead to all sorts of complications like urinary tract infections. What’s one way to prevent it? More intercourse.
Sex is a form of exercise, after all, and like all exercise, it burns calories and can help battle the onslaught of the years. In fact, nursing home experts say they wish oldsters would have more sex.
Can sex really make you live longer? Maybe. In the same population of British men I cited earlier, researchers found a 50 percent reduction in overall mortality in the group of men who said they had the most orgasms. There was a dose response: the more orgasms, the better.
Of course, as Kinsey’s Bass reminds us, it could be that these blokes were just healthier and felt like having sex more often. But since there’s no evidence that lots of sex is bad for you, what have you got to lose?
Two of the largest industries in the world have, quite literally, reached a new climax in their production, and have begun using more natural ingredients in their products. There is a growing trend to use bodily fluids in beauty products and food, and semen seems to be the ingredient in demand. Its nutrient-rich composition promises the consumer luscious hair, radiant skin and clinical benefits by improving medical conditions, such as depression and morning sickness. This scientific breakthrough raises the age-old question women and gays all around the world have been pondering: is it better to spit or swallow?
It’s no secret that many men enjoy oral sex, but what about their female sex partners? There are a number of opinions regarding this topic in the female community, ranging from if we should plug our noses, close our eyes, and swallow the cum back like a tequila shot, or ignore the courtesies and spit it out. It all depends on what you feel comfortable doing, but for those of you who swallow or want to try, there are ways to make the experience more pleasurable and according to some studies, it can be one way of getting your daily intake of nutrients. There are infinite resources out there to help improve the taste of semen, the most popular involving fruit, such as pineapples.
Since, sperm already contains its own natural sweetener, fructose, as well as ascorbic acid and proteins, sexperts suggest men eat more fruits with natural sugar, like apples and mangoes, to enhance the sweetness of their ejaculate. They also encourage them to drink plenty of water to flush out the toxins that could be contributing to the bitter and extra salty taste. Unsurprisingly, mint and cinnamon can enhance the flavour, but due to the high levels of sulphur, doctors suggest avoiding foods like garlic and onion. Other foods that may not be palatable are cauliflower and broccoli because these vegetables cannot only ruin the taste of semen, but produce unpleasant smelling fluid as well. Instead, substitute with celery, wheatgrass, and parsley as the chlorophyll in these vegetables can improve sperm’s sweetness. To motivate your man to undergo what seems like a big lifestyle change, do it with him... and then maybe do him. Men should understand that these steps lead to an improved quality of health and will also enhance their partner’s sexual experience, and therefore enhance theirs. So cum on and get with the program!
Just as foods affect the taste of semen, semen can improve the taste of food. The idea of adding a bodily fluid in your food might be hard to digest initially, until you consider all the health benefits of doing so. Think of it as a spinach-banana smoothie: the initial reaction to adding a vegetable, especially a leafy one, doesn’t seem too appealing until you try it. Dishes prepared with semen are the same thing, and like those spinach smoothies, the fluid has explosive nutritious properties. Semen is composed of some of the following nutrients: fructose, ascorbic acid, zinc, cholesterol, protein, calcium, citric acid, magnesium, vitamin B12, phosphorus, sodium, potassium, and lactic acid. A daily dose of semen could potentially be a replacement for your multi-vitamin and mineral supplements.
To incorporate this nutrition in everyday living, Natural Harvest – a collection of semen based recipes, is one of the first cookbooks to explore this new phenomenon and contains a diverse selection of recipes ranging from alcoholic beverages to meat dishes that contain sperm. The ingredient is also praised as improving the quality of taste in many of the recipes and adding a rich, nuanced texture to some. Although, the meals may not be vegan-friendly due to the fact that sperm is an animal protein, the recipes are completely harmless and the semen is low-cal.
New research in the scientific community has determined that oral ingestion of sperm can combat depression, due to hormones present in seminal fluids. Bio-psychologist Gordon G. Gallup Jr., believes semen functions to improve a woman’s mood, so that she experiences more amicable feelings toward the male counterpart. Serving as an aphrodisiac, it’s no wonder dessert recipes are calling for a dash of semen!
And for future reference, semen is also a natural cure for morning sickness. Biologists agree that the female body initially rejects the pregnancy due to the foreign nature of the semen inside her. The body undergoes this process by inducing the woman to vomit. Studies show that ingesting sperm mediates the affect and reasons that by introducing more sperm into the body, the body will adapt and discontinue this rejection process. Researchers suggest ingesting the sperm of the father is the ideal solution, as swallowing ejaculate of a different man can actually increase the likelihood of miscarriages.
In addition to health benefits, there are cosmetic advantages to incorporating semen into your daily beauty regimen. Many spas and salons across the world have integrated semen into their treatments on the basis that it will lead to healthier hair and more youthful skin. Apparently, semen on the face isn’t such a bad thing after all. These treatments however, are pricey; some salons charge $250 for a 10 minute facial scrub, while Hari’s salon in England reportedly charges £55 for a 45 minute hair conditioning treatment with bull sperm. However, as the salons promise, the rejuvenating properties of these facials are well worth it, and depending on your source, it contains less chemicals than your average shampoo and is therefore eco-friendly.
Before going down however, it is advisable that you and your partner(s) get tested regularly. Although, it is possible to contract HIV from oral sex, there have been very few reports documented on contracting the virus this way. It is always better to be safe than sorry! And despite the low risk status of acquiring HIV from this oral, there are many other STI’s that you could be infected with, such as herpes, syphilis, and gonorrhoea according to www.aidsmap.com. Preventable measures to protect yourself from infection include practicing good dental care and ensuring that there are no open cavities, blisters, or bleeding in your mouth. Also it is ill-advised to brush or floss before performing oral sex, save that for after your meal! However, as delicious as semen is, opting for a condom or dental dam may be the healthiest choice if you want to prevent the transmission of STIs but still want to go down on your man.
Overall, the concept of using semen in your daily functions is a sticky area since it is not as easy to come by as some may think (my single ladies will agree), and its health/beauty properties are still not clearly defined. However, university is one of the best times to experiment and it doesn’t hurt to get a little wet! If you want to be risqué, check out the recipe below from Natural Harvest for the Almost White Russian. As long as your “donor” can pump out 3 teaspoons of fluid, this is a relatively simple recipe. Try it over the weekend, just remember to drink responsibly!
How's this for your protein shake: fructose sugar, water, ascorbic acid, citric acid, enzymes, protein, zinc and more. Those are nutrients found in human male ejaculate.
New research found that numerous species consume semen for its health benefits, and human seed might as well be viable as a superfood, Discovery News reports.
Female squid, for example, consume excess sperm as if it were food. So do carrion flies, certain types of leeches, picture wing flies and other creatures.
For the first time, scientists have started tracking how these species utilize the nutrients in sperm. The study was published in the journal Biology Letters by lead author Benjamin Wegener, a researcher at Monash University in Australia.
That doesn't necessarily mean humans should start feasting during foreplay, but if we did, there are plenty of resources out there to make the experience more enjoyable.