Sure, you may have transcended the days that you used to crack up in the back of the classroom, drawing pictures of sperm and penises and boobs in notes to your friends — but then again, how much do you really know about sperm, anyways?
You’ve probably got the basics down: Sperm comes from testicles, it comes out when a man ejaculates, and if it makes its merry way to a woman’s egg, it can get her pregnant. But it turns out that sperm is far more nuanced than those basic facts, and we’ve compiled a list of interesting, lesser-known trivia about the microscopic little devils that you’re going to want to familiarize yourself with. From how fast sperm actually move, to what the difference is between sperm in semen, to what you can eat to make your sperm taste better (yup), there’s a little bit of fascinating info in here for everyone. Find out more below.
#1. Not everyone can handle sperm — for actual clinical reasons.
Some men and women experience itching sensation, redness and burning sensation if sperm touches the exterior of their skin.
#2. The food you eat can make your sperm taste better.
In fact, it’s said that if you eat a lot of pineapple, your sperm will taste the best that it possibly can.
#3. Then again, other foods make it taste not so good.
For example, things like red meat and coffee can make your sperm taste bitter — think about that before you order a second latte.
#4. Do you know how much a man ejaculates each time?
It turns out, not that much. In fact, the average a man ejaculates half a teaspoon in one go.
#5. Extreme temperature can destroy sperm.
Extreme heat or cold can actually be damaging to your sperm count, which is why the testicles naturally regulate their temperature to the best of their ability.