Male Body Info

When does a male begin to produce sperm?

  • Males are not born with sperm.
  • When a males reach puberty, around ages 10 to 14, their testicles will begin to produce sperm. The pituitary gland tells the male body to create sperm during puberty, and it will not stop until death.

What part of the male’s body produces the sperm?

  • The testicles produce the sperm and the male hormone testosterone.
  • The average male produces about 300,000,000 sperm per day (depending on the man).

How do the sperm get to the place where they are released from the male’s body?

Sperm are produced in the testicles. As the sperm matures, they travel through the rest of the reproductive system, from the testes through the epididymis, then through the penis’s urethra.

What happens to sperm that are not used?

  • Unused sperm will get reabsorbed in the testicles, stored in the seminal vesicle, or released during a nocturnal emission (wet dream).
  • Sperm normally live about 48 to 72 hours (2 to 3 days). However, if sperm is in a woman’s cervical fluid, they can live up to 5 days. Conception can occur if you’ve had sex up to 5 days prior to ovulation, since sperm can live up to 5 days inside the fallopian tubes.

How are erections controlled?

  • Erections are controlled by hormones and the nervous system. They can occur during dreams or thoughts or in response to stimuli – sight, sound, touch.
  • The use of some drugs, even alcohol or tobacco, may temporarily or even permanently diminish a male’s capacity to have an erection.

Why does cold water affects a male’s body?

Testicles lie outside the body in the scrotum and are vulnerable to climate changes. Most males probably noticed early on that their testicles shrivel up when they are in cold water or weather. This is part of the testicle’s function to protect the sperm-making process. The testicles respond to heat and cold. Testicles stay warm, by moving tighter against the body. Testicles cool by relaxing further away from the body. Overly tight underwear or pants can hinder this process.