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Is Semen Made Of?"
Ingredients Of Semen
Semen is a renewable resource. Men's bodies
are constantly working at producing sperm and semen, storing it
"the right time". The easiest way to understand
what male ejaculate is made of, is to understand where
each of the components are produced in the body.
Sperm Cells In Seminal Fluid
Although the terms
"sperm" and "semen" are frequently interchanged,
the two are not the same.
Sperm cells are the individual
single cells that swim up the ovaries and fertilize the egg
Semen by definition is the fluid ejaculated
from a male, which includes the sperm cells
as well as a number of other components.
Typical sperm cell numbers
should range from 200 million to 500 million.
Typical volume of semen
ranges from 3/4 teaspoon to 1 full
tablespoon (2-15 mL).
Where And How
Is Semen Produced In The Body?
Contrary to popular belief, semen is not produced entirely in the testes.
The testes are dedicated to constantly producing
millions of sperm cells, as well as a few other
functions. Mature sperm cells are
moved from testes into the ampulla, where the
are safely stored until ejaculation. Seminal fluid
itself is not produced directly in the testes, but in a
number of different places.
First, the seminal
vesicles produce a think white secretion rich in
sugars, mostly fructose to fuel the sperm cells on their
journey to the egg. This secretion is what composes
the bulk of
semen by volume (50-80%).
The prostate gland is a small donut shaped organ
that also contributes to seminal fluid. It
secretes an alkaline solution to combat the
acidic fluids found inside a vagina, to help sperm cells
in the foreign environment. This fluid accounts
for roughly one third of the volume of seminal fluid.
Last to contribute to the seminal fluid is the
Cowper's (bulbourethral) glands. These small
glands secrete a (mucus based) lubrication prior to
ejaculation, known as precum or pre-cum.
The purpose of this fluid is to provide sexual activity
with a natural lubricant, of which both males and
females secrete their own.
What Are The
Ingredients Of Semen?
Very simply put, seminal fluid is mostly comprised of water,
proteins, and sugars. There are of course many
other components, such as minerals, vitamins, and
various other micronutrients.
If you're looking to increase your semen production,
often it's easiest to find any limiting factors that
might be hindering healthy semen production.
Constant dehydration could be a
restricting factor for healthy semen production. A
lack of nutrients such as Zinc or a vitamin deficiency
might hinder proper sperm development. More
often than not, the reason for low ejaculate
volume is from poor nutrition.
Taking a daily multivitamin,
eating properly, and
taking a medically approved
semen pill such as
go a long way to ensure you're providing your body with enough of every
nutrient necessary for healthy semen and sperm