Hey look, it’s sperm everybody! No matter what we call it – jizz, spooge, cum – we talk about semen all the time. But you probably haven’t heard the word “sperm” since eighth grade Biology. They look like tiny tadpoles and you need them to make a baby but how much do we really know about the male reproductive cell? Here are a few fun facts everyone should know about sperm. So, even if you spit in the bedroom, you’ll want to swallow this information.
1. Urine is their kryptonite
The acidity of urine kills sperm, and that’s where pre-cum comes in (or out, as the case may be). Produced by the Cowper’s gland, pre-cum isn’t just the “love juice” that leaks out before semen. It cleans urine out of the urethra, clearing the passageway so sperm can travel through unharmed.
2. They’re Atkins-friendly
The protein content of semen is about the same as that of an egg white. And for those counting calories, one ejaculation (or serving of semen, if you will) contains about five calories. That’s great news for dieters who like going down, but it does not give guys the right to refer to their jizz as a “protein shake” or suggest that their partner swap that Diet Coke for some Diet Cock.
3. 200 to 600 million sperm are released each time a guy ejaculates
That’s a lot of sperm. In fact, in a lifetime, a man will ejaculate approximately half a trillion sperm—that’s about 18 quarts of semen. Keep these numbers in mind the next time you’re thinking of going sans-condom “just this once.” It only takes one of those hundreds of millions of sperm to get you for 18 years.
4. They’re survivors
In fact, they can live inside a woman’s body for up to 5 days. This is part of the reason why the rhythm method isn’t foolproof. Even if a woman isn’t ovulating at the time she has sex, the sperm can hang out for a few days and fertilize her egg when it is released from the ovary. You’ve heard the joke: What do you call couples who use the rhythm method? Parents.
5. There’s a cure for funky spunk
Remember the episode of Sex and the City where Samantha tells her man he has “funky tasting spunk”? It turns out there’s hope for guys whose juice is far from Jamba. Kiwi and pineapple can actually make semen taste sweeter, while beer and coffee can make it worse. Time to put down the Starbucks and grab a Starburst.