Can sperm do more than assumed? Can it actually boost a woman’s fertility?
Male sperm consists mainly of water. Different hormones and proteins are only contained in traces, not in large quantities, as many mistakenly assume. Perhaps the myth that the consumption of sperm would lead to an increase in fertility of a woman stems from precisely this misconception. The small amounts of protein and steroid hormones are not sufficient to affect a woman’s fertility in any way.
Sperm has been attributed special powers and properties for centuries. For example, it is said to reduce symptoms of colds such as coughs, sniffles and pain in the limbs and to strengthen the immune system. Male ejaculate is also suggested to be used as a face mask. Scientific evidence is still lacking. Medical professionals do not rule out anything. However, the small amount of ejaculate ingested and the fact that it is referred to as the “juice of life” suggests that most reported cases are probably, if anything, isolated placebo effects.
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