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what is semen composed of?

To: soc.sexuality.general
From: Kirsten Stevens 
Subject: Re: what is semen composed of?
Date: 29 Apr 2001 02:13:56 -0700

I found lots of info on this, but I liked this best...

"dear dr. gardos, 
  A conversation started last night
  amongst friends over 40 about
  men and women participating in
  oral sex (married partners). One
  husband insisted that sperm is
  pure protein and good for you! I
  replied that I thought the contents
  or breakdown of sperm was in fact
  waste matter! So, our question to
  you is, "What is the chemical
  breakdown of human male
  sperm?" It is the battle of women
  vs. men; please help us!

  --betting 


  dear betting, 
  Ooo, I love these little battles of the sexes! So, what do I get if I
help you win? Actually, neither "team" is exactly correct, but I am sure
you can spin my answer in a way that doesn't make you look bad :)

  The first thing we need to do is get our terms straight. What you are
talking about is not really sperm but semen. Semen is the fluid that
comes out during ejaculation and contains sperm. Semen is by no means a
  "waste product" like urine, but it is also not "pure protein." What
semen is, is a carrier for the sperm contained in it. Only about one
percent of the total volume of semen is actually sperm. Semen contains
aboutonia, ascorbic acid, blood-group antigens, calcium, chlorine,
cholesterol, choline, citric acid, creatine, deoxyribonucleic acid,
  fructose, glutathione, hyaluronidase, inositol, lactic acid,
magnesium, nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, purine, pyrimidine, pyruvic
acid, sodium, sorbitol, spermidine, spermine, urea, uric acid, vitamin
B12, and zinc -- but all in very modest quantities. Some of this is
designed to nourish the semen in route, while other ingredients are
designed to neutralize the acidic environment of the vagina (which would
normally be inhospitable to sperm).
  In case you are wondering, most of these ingredients are indeed very
  healthy, and an average ejaculation contains only about 15 calories.
So, next time... well, you know. Oh, and tell that husband he owes me
ten bucks! :)
  -- August 26,1999"

>From 
http://thriveonline.oxygen.com/sex/experts/drgardos/drgardos.08-25-99.html


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