Something weird is going on with human sperm production. For decades, scientists have warned that sperm counts are dropping among Western men, but no one has really been able to prove it. In what is now the largest and most comprehensive study of its kind, scientists have presented compelling evidence in support of this rather alarming assertion, showing that sperm counts have dropped more than 50 per cent in just four decades.
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In a breakthrough that almost sounds too good to be true, researchers have found a potential new form of birth control that could solve numerous problems. It offers the possibility of being effective for both sexes, no hormonal side effects, and might even be a Plan B that doesn't piss off anti-abortion advocates.
A team of German scientists were wondering how to deliver medications into the female reproductive tract and realised, hey, why come up with something new? The human body already produces its own little machines perfectly suited to deliver their goods to that same spot. So, why not tame our little sex swimmers as a means of treating disease — by strapping little hats onto them?
In preparation for the upcoming Olympics in Brazil, a British long jump champion is planning to freeze his sperm just in case he contracts Zika. It's meant as a precaution to prevent any future children from developing birth defects, but in reality it's a complete overreaction based on unfounded fears.
Fruit flies have enormous sperm. This is a well known fact in the scientific community — so well known, in fact, that there's a name for it: the big sperm paradox. But the massive, spermy problem has long confounded scientists, who couldn't figure out why such a tiny creature needed such humongous baby batter soldiers. Until now.
You know the story of mammalian fertilisation: millions of sperm enter the vagina, only one fertilises the egg, more than one messes up the embryo, yadda yadda yadda. Turns out that's not the only way it can work.
Ejaculation may feel like a glorious mess, as uncontrollable as an avalanche or a runaway train. In reality, it's a tightly choreographed court dance: integrating three different branches of the nervous system, triggering cascades of contractions in smooth and striated muscles, all accompanied by the electrical storm of orgasm. Here's how it works.