If your period has ever been late, you know how scary and stressful it can be if you're not trying to get pregnant. Knowing some basic facts about sperm and the male body can help prevent an unexpected pregnancy, or help you avoid the anxiety of worrying that you are pregnant. So take this short quiz to make sure you're up on your sperm smarts.Take the Quiz
A while ago, I answered a question about a woman who was dating a guy who lost both of his testicles in a car accident. It wasn't clear if this man could have an erection or an orgasm, but that post brought up many questions about orgasms and how it's possible to have one if you don't have any semen.
Here's the deal. Some men have what's called a dry orgasm. This means that they can have an erection, but when they climax, no semen gets ejaculated out of the penis. There can be several causes of dry orgasms:
- Surgical removal or damage to the testicles, bladder, or prostate.
- Radiation therapy directed at the pelvic area (such as for treatment of prostrate cancer).
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I'm sure you've heard that men shouldn't hang out in hot tubs because it can affect their sperm. Is this true or a myth?
Earlier this year, a team of urologists at the University of California conducted a study to test this speculation.
The study observed a group of men who were regularly exposed to hot water temps from hot tubs or hot baths, for at least 30 minutes a week. All the men showed signs of infertility.
What they also found out is that this could quickly be reversed. After these men ditched their hot water excursions, their sperm counts had an increase of 491% after three to six months.
So here's the deal. If a guy is trying to have a baby, he shouldn't be spending time soaking in hot water. If he's not at all thinking about babies, he can love up the hot tub as much as he wants.
DEAR E. JEAN--
When I saw the Dear Sugar quiz called “SEMEN: What Do You Know,” it got me wondering. I’m very vain about my figure. I’m in great shape, ride my bike 120 miles a week, watch what I eat, and count every calorie. So, here’s my question: How many calories are in semen? My fiancé and I enjoy oral sex about three times a week. Is it fattening? ----Colorado Girl
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Lately I've been getting a lot of comments and questions about sex and semen, so I just wanted to clear up some things.
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Since today, June 27, is National HIV Testing Day, I thought I could dispel some myths and lay out the facts about HIV and AIDS. It is a serious issue so let's get down to business.
HIV - the human immunodeficiency virus - is a virus that kills your body’s "CD4 cells," (also called T-helper cells), that help your body fight off infection and disease.
HIV can be passed when an infected person's bodily fluids (blood, semen, vaginal fluid, or breast milk) come in contact with an uninfected person's mucous membranes. The HIV virus can be passed during any type of sexual contact - including oral and anal sex. Sharing needles can also transmit HIV from one user to another. HIV-positive mothers can also pass it onto their babies when they are pregnant, when they deliver, or if they breastfeed.
AIDS - the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome - is a disease you get when the HIV virus destroys your body’s immune system. That means that viruses, parasites, fungi and bacteria that usually don't cause any problems can make you very sick since your immune system is damaged.
To prevent HIV and other STIs in the first place abstaining from sexual contact is your best bet, but the likelihood that happening is rare. So always use a latex or polyurethane condom when having sex. Or better yet, have you and your partner get tested before you get intimate.
Fit's Tips: Many people who have HIV do not show symptoms for many years, so the best thing to do is get tested just to make sure.
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Sperm, as teeny weeny as they are, can affect us in a HUGE way. There are about 200-500 million of those little guys in the average amount of semen produced each time a man ejaculates.
- Sperm are produced in the (Ladies, we've got to arm ourselves with knowledge so we can overcome the mighty sperm)
man's testes - it takes 10 weeks for a single soldier to reach maturity.
- Mature sperm can wait up to 2 weeks for their big day - they hang out in the epididymis - the coil like structure that runs across the top of each testicle.
- If they are not ejaculated, those poor little sperms are broken down and reabsorbed by the body.
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