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Today’s Lady News: New Male Birth Control Stops Men From Producing Semen

  • Will this be Depo Provera for dudes?! Eighty British couples are participating in a two-year-long trial to test a male contraceptive jab which tricks the brain into stopping sperm production. Doctors said the male contraceptive jab has been 99 percent effective so far and sperm counts should return to normal when men go off it. [Daily Mail]
  • For the first time ever, three Muslim women in Malaysia have been caned for adultery. The canings apparently took place at a women’s prison near Kuala Lumpur on Feb. 9. “It is hoped that the issue will not be wrongly interpreted to the extent of tarnishing the sanctity of Islam,” Malaysia’s Home Minister Hishamuddin Hussein was quoted as saying. All three women are serving jail time as well. [CNN]

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Semen 101

Thanks to BuzzFeed for providing us with more information than we ever needed to know about sperm, in handy infographic format. Some nuggets of info we’ve gleaned: a serving size (one teaspoon) contains 20 calories and the average speed of ejaculation is 31 miles per hour. Learn lots more after the jump. Keep reading »

Are You Allergic To Your Man’s Sperm?

So I’ve heard about this “sperm allergy” before but never really knew if it was true. Believe it or not, scientists confirm that not only is it a legitimate allergy—the technical name is “seminal plasma hypersensitivity”—but it’s also really common for women. Stats say that between 20,000 and 40,000 women in the U.S. are allergic to their man’s spunk. About 30 minutes after sex, sufferers may experience hives, swollen eyes, diarrhea, and breathing problems—the same symptoms common to food allergies. What are women suffering from this allergy supposed to do? Become celibate? Subscribe to a “sperm-free” diet? Carry around an epi-pen for sexytime? Not necessarily. Doctors say, aside from using condoms, there may also be a vaccine that can help woman’s body become more tolerant. Good news, I guess? [Glamour] Keep reading »

Sperm: The Newest Anti-Aging Serum?!

I have this theory that there is a covert organization out there, run by men, that is devoted to finding scientific “evidence” that women should give blow jobs and, preferably, swallow. Their latest discovery? Human sperm may slow the aging process! That’s right, Botox addicts: According to the Telegraph, “spermidine, a compound that is found in sperm, slows aging processes and increases longevity in yeast, flies, worms and mice, as well as human blood cells, by protecting cells from damage.” Of course, what this really means is that maybe someday down the road scientists could possibly create a wonder pill that extends the human lifespan, but our boys at Asylum want women to believe that we should just start giving more head now. “In other words, science has just declared that the fountain of youth is in your pants. Adjust your seduction techniques accordingly.” Nice try, guys! [Telegraph via Asylum] Keep reading »

Sperm Are Smart Little Guys

As we learned earlier today, sperm have minds of their own. If you want to get pregnant, you might want to have sex with a specimen who is on the opposite end of the attractiveness spectrum as Brad Pitt. And, according to another study, you better hope you’re attractive. When scientists conducted researched on red junglefowl, they found growing evidence that promiscuous species can mate with many females, but their chances of fertilizing a lady increased when the female was a hottie. So, when we say men think with their dicks, rather than their brains, maybe we shouldn’t be giving their members so much credit. It seems to the sperm are the smart ones. [Discovery News] Keep reading »

Another Reason You Don’t Need A Man: Scientists Develop Sperm Without Them

British scientists have found a way to create fully mature, functioning sperm in a lab. Researcher on the project, Professor Karim Nayernia explained, “The work is a way of investigating why some people are infertile and the reasons behind it.” And the pay off is that women or couples who’ve had fertility issues not only have more hope now, a single lady can get pregnant without the aid of a real-live-man. Some scientists are skeptical over Nayernia’s project though. Prof Azim Surani, from Cambridge University, described the lab samples as “a long way from being authentic sperm cells.” Still, kind of amazing, right? [Metro.co.uk] Keep reading »

Shooting For Sperm

In “you are nastier than sin” news, word is that some woman is selling the semen of pro athletes to (desperate) women who yearn to have a baby by a baller. Or better yet collect child support from one. It seems she’s collected the sperm of a dozen athletes and is ready to sell off her collection to the highest bidder. Continue reading Keep reading »

“More Sex” Recommended For Everything That Ails A Man

Doesn’t it always seem that for whatever may ail a man, the antidote is always more sex? Take men with “damaged sperm,” for example. In a new study of 118 Australian men with damaged sperm — but really, what is damaged sperm? — doctors “found that having sex every day for a week significantly reduced the amount of DNA damage in their patients’ sperm” and increased their likelihood of getting a woman knocked up. Dr. David Greening of Sydney IVF, a private fertility clinic in Australia, and some other researchers found that in 81 percent of the men, there was a 12% decrease in the amount of damaged sperm. A 12% decrease hardly seems like something to hang one’s hat on, but Dr. Greening is now instructing all couples seeking fertility advice to start by having more sex. “Some of the older men look a little concerned,” he said. “But the younger ones seem quite happy about it.” Sperm quality can also be improved if men exercise, get more antioxidants, and give up their smokes and booze, but something tells me that most men concerned about the health of their sperm will opt for the “more sex” route. [via wcbs]

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Super Sperm

I love the scene in “Look Who’s Talking” where the basic rule of human reproduction plays out on screen: the fastest sperm wins the race to the egg. But in the animal kingdom at large, that is not always the case. Scientists have found an ancient species called Ostracods where the largest sperm won. Even though Ostracods were kinda snail like and less than centimeter long, the males produced sperm nearly ten times their size. I can only imagine that super sperm would make reproduction mega painful, but fear not! Evolution endowed the female sea critters with huge cavities (pictured above is an X-ray image of one cavity half filled with the massive man juices) nearly a third of their body size, to store the mammoth sperm. Well now you know: when it comes to the big O (O, meaning “Ostracod”), bigger is better. [IO9] Keep reading »

(Sperm) Size Matters

Size may not matter in the human world, but when it comes to other animals and insects, giant sperm is the way to go, especially if the creature has a tiny body. A mussel-like animal that lived 100 million years ago produced sperm that was longer than its body. Even today, there are animals making large sperm. A fruit fly can produce a 2.5-inch coil of sperm, even though its body is only a few milliliters. To equal the same sperm to body ratio, a human would have to produce sperm 40 meters long. Ostracodes, an extinct ancient class of arthropods, also produced long sperm. With these findings scientists have concluded that giant sperm production is a proven, evolutionary tactic for successful reproduction. Creatures can increase the chance of fertilization with a larger sperm cell. [Reuters] Keep reading »

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