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Whether you’ve had the benefit of comprehensive sex education classes at school, or if you’ve had to figure stuff out through trial and error, here’s some gay sex facts that are worth a quick refresher on.

Today, we’re asking…

What’s the deal with semen?

Sperm and semen are two different things

Semen is what’s produced by the penis during ejaculation. Sperm, which are included in semen, are the tadpole-like cells that can be used to fertilise an egg from a female. Sperm carry half the number of regular human chromosomes, while eggs carry the other half required to form human life.

Semen only contains around five to 10 calories per ejaculation

Semen is mostly water. It’s also composed of sugars like fructose, prostate-produced proteins called prostaglandins, and enzymes.

There’s a crazy amount of sperm in each ejaculation

The average ejaculation is about a tablespoon of semen, and ejaculation contains about 15 million sperm. However, sperm makes up a very small portion of semen by volume.

There isn’t usually sperm in pre-ejaculate

Pre-cum is that clear, sticky pre-ejaculatory fluid - it’s made of prostatic secretions which come from the prostate. Sperm is only found in semen.

Sperm can survive for quite some time after ejaculation

As long as they’ve been deposited in a warm and wet environment, sperm can survive for up to five days. However, outside of the human body, they can only survive for a matter of minutes.

Certain everyday things can damage men’s sperm

Some of the top culprits that could damage your sperm include regular smoking, excessive heat, and being overweight. Having lots of hot-tub sessions is likely to be bad for your sperm. There’s some suggestion that constant use of laptops could also be bad for your sperm.

Sperm goes from creation to ejaculation in about three months

It takes around 64 days for your body to produce sperm, then around 24 to 28 more days for it to be transported and ejaculated.

The pineapple myth

So far, there doesn’t seem to be any scientific evidence that demonstrates that you can change the taste or smell of your semen. If you’re healthy, it shouldn’t bad. There is some suggestion that smoking can make your semen taste a bit toxic. There’s nothing to confirm that drinking pineapple is going to improve the flavour, but it’s worth a try.

The consistency can change from day to day.

Hydration is one major factor in why you emissions can be a very slippery liquid one day and thick and gloopy the next - the more water you drink, the thinner it will be. There’s also some biology involved - some of the semen is in a gelatinous phase until it meets up with prostate enzymes. When those combine, everything liquefies to a smoother consistency, but sometimes the process doesn’t finish before you ejaculate. That’s why you may notice a gel-like consistency in your semen.

If you freeze your semen then your sperm will die

Fertility clinics freeze sperm in liquid nitrogen. Any DIY attempts to freeze your semen will kill your sperm.

It’s extremely unlikely to be allergic to semen, but it’s possible.

If you were allergic to the stuff, you’d know it. Symptoms would include itching, swelling, and redness wherever the semen comes into contact with your body. An allergy to semen is very rare.

Men produce a crazy amount of sperm in a lifetime.

If you’re producing normal levels of sperm, then your body will create around two trillion sperm throughout your lifetime. Sperm production slows as you get older. Not all of those sperm make it to ejaculation, most guys ejaculate about 700 billion sperm - that equates to around 7.5 litres of sperm.

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Meet the vegan body-builder

Alexander Kosztowny is building mass without harm.

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Alexander Kosztowny (image supplied)
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I caught up with aspiring bodybuilder Alexander Kosztowny to talk fitness, food, and life as a vegan body-builder.

Were you into sports at school?

No. Growing up, I was a heavy-set kid, and not very active at all. In school, I was very academic, and focused mainly on my studies rather than athletics. I didn’t dread gym class, and always worked hard and enjoyed certain sports like tennis and volleyball, but the lack of variety of activities in gym class limited my view on the variety of types of activities out there. If I’d tried a weight lifting class, or yoga, or karate, my attitude may have changed earlier in life. My sister was always active, but I come from a family who are not very big on physical activity or sports. Of course, like most, I wish I’d started earlier, but better late than never.

Can you remember what your first experience of a gym was?

I lost a lot of weight in high school with the onset of puberty, and with the gaining knowledge of nutrition, portion control, and cardiovascular activity. When I went to college, I found myself putting a lot of the weight back on, and knew I had to prevent that. I joined a gym, and hired a personal trainer for the first time to help me get back on track.

I absolutely fell in love with pumping iron. I was able to coordinate working out into being a part of my schedule, as opposed to limiting it only to ‘when I have time’ and having a trainer not only motivated me and taught me technique, but also kept me accountable for my actions. He helped me with adding strength while paying attention to form, and meal planning, The excess weight fell off, and I became addicted.

Now I’m in the gym every day, pushing my body and transforming both my health, my appearance, and my outlook.

When did you decide to get serious about your fitness and bodybuilding?

About four years ago. But I’ve only been super-serious for about a year, and I’ve only been extremely strict in terms of diet for about six months. I’m still a beginner.

What’s your aspiration as a bodybuilder?

To get huge. That’s it.

As someone who’s plant-based, I’d also like to show others what’s possible on a non-traditional diet. That there are other forms of nutrition and protein, and you can build muscle, look great, and have tons of energy without harm.

What’s the difference between your body as it is now and the way that you want your body to look?

I’d still call my self thick or chubby-muscular. The interesting thing about bodybuilding is that there never really is an end goal. You just lift and grow bigger and you’re never quite big or strong enough. I’m just trying to push myself as far as I possibly can. It’s exciting to see the changes you can make that way.

What’s your work-out regime like?

I’m in the gym six or seven times a week. This seems excessive to some people, and I know others who only go three or four times a week, and that works for them. For me, the gym is therapeutic and a stress reliever, as well as a hobby.

I usually spend about one hour doing weight lifting — machines and free weights — and then I wrap up with about 35 minutes of cardio. I focus on one body part per day. It’s a traditional bodybuilding split, so muscles have a chance to rest. This routine works for me — I know some people have luck doing high-intensity, full body workouts, but I like the focus of working each muscle group in isolation.

Do you have a work-out buddy?

Not currently, but I’ve always enjoyed it when I do. It really is vital for really heavy spotting, and the dependability is nice if they’re as motivated as you. If anyone is in Los Angeles and wants to train with me, hit me up!

How important is controlling your diet?

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Controlling diet is extremely important. It makes or breaks your progress in the gym. if you lift but don’t eat right, you won’t get anywhere. I’ve seen this happen both for myself and others. When I finally got on the right meal plan, the results happened in no time at all — abs are made in the kitchen, not the gym.

I eat about five times a day, and I’m plant-based, just like Tom Brady. My diet consists of lots of legumes, lentils, tofu, peas, broccoli, peanut butter, protein shakes, and other natural, nutrient-rich foods that contain protein without resorting to animal products.

Besides the ethical and environmental sides of going vegan, I find I have more energy, need less time to recover, and am less sore, as well as having clearer skin. I count my macros — calories, carbs, proteins, and fats — and eat the same foods every day to stay on track. I’ve pretty much eliminated bread, gluten, alcohol, refined sugars, and beverages besides water from my diet, except for special occasions. I’m super-strict, but do let myself enjoy food.

Are your friends and family supportive of your bodybuilding aspirations?

For the most part. They’re always impressed at my progress and dedication, but I need a lot of willpower when I have a family who loves to cook, bake, and tempt me with treats. That’s why having a partner or workout buddy who is on a similar plan is helpful, if you’re lucky enough to find one. It keeps you on track.

Are you competing?

Nope, and no plans to either. But that may change as I grow bigger.

What are some of your priorities for the months ahead?

I’m currently in the best shape I’ve ever been in, so I want to just keep on progressing. It’s a slow process, and takes a lot of time, so you have to be patient.

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