Did you know sperm cells can live in a woman’s uterus for five days?

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By Victor Ochieng

Not many people are educated about sperm cells apart from the fact that the reproductive component is responsible for the fertilization of a woman’s egg. Unknown to many, these cells are fully-developed multifaceted systems that are fully-functional. They have several elements that are crucial for their survival and that equally make them capable of easily swimming.

Below are five facts that you should know about sperm cells:

1. Sperm cells can stay alive in a woman’s uterus for up to five days

After sperms goes into a woman’s body, the cells can live in there for five days. Even if it goes into a woman before she begins ovulation, she can still get pregnant if she begins to ovulate within five days after the sperms go in.

2. Every sperm cell has a fully-functional protection unit

The human body uses its immune system to protect it from foreign particles. Even with that protection, sperms are still able to inhabit a woman’s body for several days. This is because each cell has a very powerful protection system around it that ensures it survives any attack from the body. When reproduction is taking place, testicles canvas sperms with a fencelike protection that keeps it safe until fertilization takes place.

3. Semen and Sperm and Different

There are many people who think that ‘sperm’ and ‘semen’ are words that can be used interchangeably. Contrary to that popular opinion, semen simply refers to the seminal fluid in which the spermatozoon, or sperm, swims. The fluid is produced by the prostate gland.

 

4. The egg is fertilized by only one sperm cell

While many people believe that eggs are fertilized by several sperms, the truth is that only a single sperm cell fertilizes the egg. Although a single ejaculation may contain up to more than a billion sperms, at the end of it all, only one sperm fertilizes an egg. The production of so many sperms is associated with the fact that men are naturally competitive. As such all the produced sperms must compete to reach the egg; something that is then transferred to the new born.

 

5. Sperm production is a continuous process

For a sperm to be fully developed through the process called spermatogenesis, it takes a period of up to two months. This process is continuous for a man; the sperms are created for the entire life of a normal man. This is unlike women, who are born with all their eggs that they will have for the rest of their lives.

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