Sperm: by the numbers

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You may be curious about just what’s going on with your other half’s lower-half. After all, your egg can only do 50% of the work. There’s a lot to learn about those “little swimmers” and the epic journey they take to help you make a baby.

It’s incredible that such a small thing can come in such big numbers. Here are all the most important, impressive, and just plain interesting numbers associated with spermatozoon’s (first interesting fact – that’s the scientific term for them).

  • 100,000,000 – This is the average number of sperm cells produced per ejaculate from a healthy male. Scientists have recorded amounts as high as 1.2 billion sperm in a single ejaculate!
  • 1,000 – Sperm have to travel a distance that is around 1,000 times their own length to reach your egg.
  • 23 – A sperm has half the chromosomes it takes to create the blueprint for your baby. Before the discovery of reproductive science, it was thought that there was a tiny human kept inside the head of sperm, who would slowly grow inside the womb.
  • 1879 – This one is actually a year. It’s the year that the fertilization process was proven, and that the interaction between sperm and egg became clear.
  • 0.5 – A typical ejactulate is around 0.5 – 1 teaspoon in volume.
  • 15 – According to a 2010 report from the World Health Organization, if a man produces fewer than 15 million sperm per ejaculate he may encounter infertility issues. In fact, it seems that infertility is truly a two-way street, with equal instances of infertility being attributed to both the male and female partner.

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  • 120 – Sperm move at about 25 times the length of their body per second. By comparison, a human would have to swim around 120 mph to move that fast.
  • 525 – Billion, that is. Some reports have estimated that’s how many sperm cells a male will produce over the course of his lifetime.
  • 1677 – This is the year sperm cells were first observed by Antony van Leeuwenhoek, a microscope-maker. That’s over 300 years of sperm!
  • 5 – This is the number that helps explain your fertile window. Sperm can live for around 5 days within your cervical fluid as they eagerly wait to come in contact with an egg and create a zygote.
  • 1 : 2,000 – It’s estimated that around 1 in 2,000 men who receive a vasectomy are still able to cause a pregnancy. Now those are some strong swimmers!
  • 1 – The number of sperm that are needed to reach your egg in order to begin the process of forming a child. It takes so many cells, traveling so quickly, for so many days, all just to make that one special connection.

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