A lot of men don’t take fertility seriously and are often faced with issues just at the moment they start trying to make a family. To prevent this, there are multiple programs for sperm storing (or often referred as sperm banking) which allow males to store their healthy sperm cells for later use when they won’t be that potent. Now, it’s time to introduce you to ten of the most interesting facts about the male’s seminal fluid.
What You Eat Affects Your Sperm
This is widely considered to be a myth but in reality it is exactly as it sounds. Food and different diets can affect almost all of the sperm cell’s qualities. The most important thing that depends on a man’s diet is the health of these cells. The DHA which can be found in omega 3 essential acids and fish liver oil is proven to be crucial to the sperm formation and motility. Another nutrition piece that helps the sperm cells is Vitamin C. It protects them from various forms of DNA damage. That is particularly important since DNA issues most often lead to miscarriages. This vitamin also keeps the cells from clumping to each other, increasing their overall motility. Lastly, grain foods and fresh fruits also lead to higher motility, but improve the speed and agility of these cells as well.
A high consumption of coffee, on the other hand, can prove bad for the total sperm count and the concentration of sperm cells in the ejaculate. Things like alcohol, smoking and other bad habits “interestingly” enough lead to loss of sperm count and lack of sperm motility.
Obesity impacts sperm count and quality negatively as wel. Men with a BMI of above 25 suffer from fertility issues on a far larger proportion that men who have a BMI of between 23 and 25.
Sperm Cells And Temperatures
For your sperm to stay healthy it needs to stay at roughly 7 degrees Fahrenheit cooler than your normal body temperature. To keep that temperature exact, there are veins which take the warm blood away from the testicles. Furthermore, there are muscles in that area which can either elevate or drop them depending on what is needed. This is why babies who didn’t have their testicles dropped by a certain point after birth, have them medically taken into the scrotal sack. Otherwise, the higher temperature inside the belly will kill any potential spermal genesis.
Speaking of temperatures, sperm cells have zero issues with sub-zero temperatures. This is why freezing them is absolutely adequate and such a common procedure nowadays (used for storing or for sperm donations). If these cells are frozen at around minus 196 degrees Centigrade, they can last theoretically forever. This is why males who undergo chemotherapy or any other type of cancer treatment opt for storing their sperm for times when they might want another child but won’t be able to produce sperm cells of their own.
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Wireless Technologies Cause Harm?
Laptops, computers, mobiles phones – we all used them daily. Unfortunately, their convenience comes at a price for men. Apart from the heat emitted from those devices, the wi-fi signals damage sperm cells in a non-thermal way.
This most likely is caused by electromagnetic waves (RF-EMW) which create free radicals in our bodies and destroy healthy cells. It is important to note that this might be damaging to all our body cells, but sperm cells are one of the most susceptible to such factors. This results in reduced motility, sperm cell death and structural changes in the father’s DNA.
If you want to take matters into your own hands stop putting your cell phone between your legs while driving and also stop holding the laptop directly onto your lap for hours at a time.
Sperm Cells Enjoy A Healthy Environment
These specific cells enjoy a good lifestyle a lot since they suffer from almost all of the bad habits men have. Maintaining a healthy diet, exercising on a regular basis, not smoking nor drinking, avoiding drugs like marijuana can all make your sperm cells strong and potent. Men who want to start a family should consider these advices more than a year before they start trying to make a baby.
Keeping your testicles at a decent temperature is another thing you should keep an eye on. You shouldn’t avoid hot saunas or tubs but at least limit your time in them. Consider avoiding very tight jeans and underwear, and as we said earlier do not place laptops directly on top of your lap.
The Superhero Cells
There are tons of features sperm cells have that would almost make them seem superhero-like. For instance, they can literally melt the otherwise indestructible surface of the female egg. They do this by releasing a cocktail of enzymes onto the egg cell and once a single one of them enters the membrane becomes impenetrable for the rest despite their efforts. In other words, there is kryptonite for these heroes, too.
Their survival time inside the female reproductive system is astonishing as well. It is, in fact, the largest a human cell can survive in a foreign environment. The sperm cell usually lasts for about five whole days due to the fact that they have a way of extracting nutrition elements from the female body.
A myth that exists is that these cells die as soon as they touch the air or see sunlight. That is really incorrect. Male sperm can die due to dehydration, therefore if the conditions are watery enough life shall persist.
There Are A Lot Of Sperm Cells
On average, a male contains more than a few billion sperm cells, while an ejaculate contains roughly 200 million of those. A curious fact is that if you place every cell from end to end next to each other, they will stretch more than 50 miles. Another thing related to sperm count is that with each generation it drastically drops. Over the course of the past four generations there is a 50% decline in sperm cell count. This more than anything makes storing a valid enough option for young males.