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Semen: Not Just Filler

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Friday, February 12, 2016 | 0 comments

Image: Semen contains hormones that might induce a woman to release eggs earlier than normal
Human sperm bound to an egg.
(Courtesy of the Talbot Lab at the
University of California, Riverside)
Semen contains hormones that might induce a woman to release eggs earlier than normal.

According to Rebecca Burch and Gordon Gallup, researchers at the State University of New York, sex researchers are paying too much attention to sperm and not enough to the makeup of the fluid that carries them.

When Burch and Gallup tested samples of human semen, they found luteinizing hormone and follicle-stimulating hormone, both of which can induce a woman to release eggs earlier than normal. Those hormones were conspicuously scant in semen from primates, like chimpanzees, that advertise their most fertile periods with red, swollen backsides.

Sexual evolution is like an arms race, Burch says. When women evolved concealed ovulation, men most likely developed semen full of hormones to wrest back control of paternity.

Source: DiscoverMagazine.com


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About Catherine: I am mom to three grown sons, two grandchildren and two rescue dogs. After years of raising my boys as a single mom, I remarried a wonderful man who had never had a child of his own. Unexpectedly, I found myself pregnant at 49!
Sadly we lost that precious baby at 8 weeks, and decided to try again. Five more losses, turned down for donor egg, foster care and adoption due to my age and losses - we have accepted that there will be no more babies in our house.

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