It has as many calories as a brownie? As much protein as a pork chop? It is good for your skin and fights depression? I think it’s time to reign in the excitement, people, and look at some facts. Long story short, semen in general is not a harmful substance and holds good nutritional value. The downfall is, whatever goodness exists in semen exists in very small, limited doses so reaping the benefits is not always easy or reasonable. Let’s lay down the facts right now so the next time you hear your boyfriend urge you to swallow for the “sake of breast cancer” you have the proper information to form a rebuttal.
What composes semen?
The average ejaculation is about a teaspoon in size (this can vary based on the man’s age, health, last time of ejaculation and other factors) and consists of about 1% sperm. The other 99% is water, protein, hormones, vitamins, sugars and fat.
Would I be better off just eating a brownie?
Despite what everyone seems to say, one ejaculation of semen contains only 2-5 calories. One 2″ square, regular brownie contains 253 calories so NO, eating a brownie is not better for you.
It’s as hearty as a pork chop!
Again, I’m not sure why people seem to think this but it is not accurate information. On average, there’s about 150 mg of protein in one ejaculation. A pork chop, a hamburger patty, and a steak all have well over 20 grams of protein (20 grams is equal to 20,000 mg). That means you would have to ingest 130 ejaculations in one setting to even get close to the amount of protein you would consume in one steak. So… NO. Semen is not as hearty as a pork chop.
Does what you eat matter?
It’s been pretty well established through small experiments that you can alter the way semen (and vaginal fluid) tastes by what you eat. In fact, all the body’s secretions such as sweat, saliva, and urine are affected by what you eat. If you want to taste pleasant, you should stay away from spicy food, strong flavors (like garlic and asparagus), alcohol, cigarettes, sugars, processed fats and food with preservatives. So basically everything we love to eat!
Instead, you should drink fruit juice and water constantly, eat fresh veggies (celery especially) and fruits and even bask in the vegan life with some wheatgrass. It takes about 24 hours for the body to secrete what it has absorbed so give it a couple of days before trying it out. Here’s a good spunky (get it? :)) smoothie that should make you taste fresh and sweet:
1 cup pineapple, fresh or canned
1 banana, frozen
1 cup apple juice
1/2 tsp ginger
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2 TBS honey
Does it fight cancer?
In October 2003, an article showed up on CNN and quickly spread around the world like wildfire. It claimed a study at North Carolina State University found fellatio could significantly decrease a woman’s risk of breast cancer. But within a week, Brandon Williamson, the student who wrote the mock report, responded to legal threats by apologizing to his university, to CNN and to “all men who did not take advantage of this article in time to get head”. Anyone who read the report might have picked up on some of the clues pointing toward a hoax. Williamson mentions a medical journal that does not even exist and states testimonials from women such as “I try to fellate every night with my husband.” Really? “Fellate?”
Back in the real world of science, studies have shown that the more a woman is exposed to her partner’s semen, the less likely her body is to attack it. Semen is treated as a foreign invader once inside the woman’s body (this is why some women can have allergic reactions to their partner’s semen). One study found if a pregnant woman performed fellatio regularly, she was less likely to suffer from high blood pressure than those who did not. This is mainly because sperm contains a growth factor that persuades the mother’s immune system to accept the sperm (so her body does not fight the “invader”, resulting in a steady blood pressure).
As for the link to cancer, it’s just possible that semen could have some effect on cancer of the cervix or ovaries. There’s research showing oral delivery of TGFbeta (transforming growth factor beta), one of the key molecules in semen, can increase the number and activity of “natural killer” cells that are important in recognizing and killing aberrant cells that give rise to tumors. An alternative source of TGFbeta is cow’s milk, which for many women is far easier to swallow. Plus there are pharmaceutical companies working on freeze-dried semen products, in tablet form. So, semen doesn’t seem to offer anything you can’t find somewhere else.
A teaspoon a day keeps the gloom away?
In 2002, Gordon Gallup conducted a study of 293 female students at the State University of New York to determine if semen had an effect on a female’s mood. He assessed their happiness using the Beck Depression Inventory, a standard questionnaire for assessing mood. People who score over 17 are considered moderately depressed. The team found that women whose partners never used condoms scored 8 on average, those who sometimes used them scored 10.5, those who usually used them scored 15 and those who always used them scored 11.3. Women who weren’t having sex at all scored 13.5.
The researchers looked at alternative explanations such as whether women who seldom use condoms took oral contraceptives, how often they had sex, the strength of relationships, and the possibility that having a certain type of personality influenced the decision to use condoms. But none of these factors can explain their findings, they say. The results aren’t a complete surprise because semen does contain several mood-altering hormones, including testosterone, estrogen, follicle-stimulating hormone, luteinising hormone, prolactin and several different prostaglandins. Some of these have been detected in a women’s blood within hours of exposure to semen. However, a broader population needs to be studied before conclusively stating that “semen cures depression.”
But no one is saying you have to wait for those studies! So go have some condom-free sex (as long as you’re certain you and your partner are STD clear) and get happy!
I’ll never have acne again!
Umm… hold the thought. There have not been any conclusive studies on the benefit of semen on your skin. Some people claim they experimented with it and it did nothing; others swear by the positive effects, stating it helps reduce wrinkles. This is only semi-true. Semen dries as a thin film that has a tightening affect. However, if left on the skin, semen generally changes from liquid to a glue-like solid back to liquid again within a 5-40 minute time frame. But even if it did not change back into a liquid state, as I’m sure most people know, the minute you are exposed to water your wrinkle-friendly regimen is going to come right off. So yes… your wrinkles might appear minimized as long as you’re not sweating or caught in the rain.
The fact remains semen is still not a sure way to get nice looking skin. However, some beauty companies have decided to take advantage of this idea and turn it into a marketing madhouse. The Townhouse Spa in New York is using spermine in many of their products, a powerful anti-oxidant originally discovered in human sperm that is said to diminish wrinkles and smooth the skin.
Before you get slap happy and rub semen all over your face, please know that the substance is being synthesized in laboratories, therefore it is not the all natural, low-potent goodness we are familiar with at home. The skin does not readily absorb semen either, so the treatment involves penetration with ultrasound and infrared light at the spa for a hefty price: $300.