What happens to sperm that isn't ejaculated?

08 November 2009



What happens to all the sperm that isn’t ejaculated, where does it go and is it still healthy?


Chris - This is a very good question; healthy testes make sperm at the rate of between 1000 and 5000 sperm cells per second. These collect in a long coil of tubes above and behind each testicle called the epididymis, where they are stored until needed. The testes hang external to the body within the scrotum to achieve an optimal temperature for sperm production. This is because sperm are made most efficiently at a slightly lower temperature than body temperature.

In the epididymis the sperm are nourished and make their way to the vas deferens, which is a muscular tube connecting the testis to the urethra up inside the male body. When sperm are ejaculated they are pushed along the vas deferens by rhythmic contractions of the musculature. Once inside the body, secretions from the prostate gland and seminal vesicles are added, producing the semen that is ejaculated from the penis. 

However, although they can survive there for quite a long period within the male anatomy, a fraction of the sperm that are made are never ejaculated. Instead, they will senesce and are broken down. And of course all the things that you take into your body, cigarette smoke, other toxins and things will damage the sperm potentially. So they have a sort of recycle time. And sperm that have reached their sell-by-date get broken down in the same way that, let's say, blood cells get broken down. And, basically, any of the nutrients and goodies in the sperm just get recycled back inside the body, and new sperm are produced to make up for the shortage.

Helen: - So it's a kind of continual, sort of, replacement, really...?

Chris: - Exactly. Those that don't leave the body eventually break down, and their components are recycled.


Men sperm If not, then it can be a problem Is it possible to have prostate cancer?

You reduce the % of having it by ejaculating 21 times per month, is been said that the sperm clean the insides

Your claims are false, and medically unproven. But having said that, I ejaculate 365 days a years, so I'm all nice and shiny inside.

I love to see that hustle;
365 times a year? Now that's the kind of hard work I like to see. Great job

Past 60 day i am not ejected sperm any problem and max how day continue?

i use to masterbate daily 2 times alot before 1 year.So i used to have very lot pimples.But now when i masturbate and ejaculate 1 time per week then also pimples are coming.

it causes acne

Acne has nothing to do with Sperm retention. Sperm retention within reason is generally healthy, but Acne is produced on skin due to excess oil produced by the skin and blocking of pores combining with dead-skin etc. look it up!

Sir if we masturabate then there will be tight in our stool and our stool will not clearly extract so I think sir for that's why there is pimples in our face

AnyAnytim l ejaculate, l end up feeling headche, roasting feeling in my leg bones and eyes strain. What should I do to feel healthy? Or, should I only have sex once in a month and with just a cycle of ejaculation?
Thanks for consideration

Is it possible to stop the production of semen in male permanently, and just with medicine and without any surgery.

Had doc..I had been addicted to mustabation for about 4 years but now I manage to get out of it ,,but since then I feel pain especially on my left tastie and mostly comes after long call,,,does it means I have any complications doctor...

Take a warm bath circulate to blood.

Does edged sperm get reobsorbed?

I have night fall problem in case of if i don't eject my self for 5 days
what should i do to treat this

you should daily ejaculate

Most who say you “should daily ejaculate” are either affiliated with a pornsite, webcam site and/or are hired to post on such forums to promote ejaculation.

Right on the money.

Is it possible for actual sperm to come out thru sweat when doing semen retention for 2 months?

That won't happen

Lol don't finish me

so after a hot and sweaty workout, don't go rubbing up against your girl down there...she just might end up pregnant.

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...it is still like a dream to me...

Funny you should say that; maybe that's because it is a dream and you just made the whole thing up.

You are just a shallow oik who is abusing this website with spam intended to prey on the misfortune of others; take your misinformation elsewhere please.

Does accumulation of sperm cause prostate cancer?

No. It doesn’t not cause prostate cancer. Daily ejaculation can reduce your risk of prostate cancer.

No. Stop masturbating. "Daily ejaculation" robs you of your energy. No one is going to want a shriveled man.

What can i use to clean the block, whe i have sex i can feel i am cumming and nothing comes out

Unfortunately blocks do not naturally occur ,its typically scar tissue which must be addressed with a specialist, as well as you can be completely sterile & still feel as if you did ejaculate , it would be best if you would contact a local gynecologist & scedual a appointment, they can then run a few test including blood work and find out if you need any type of treatment to help .

I have masturbated for over 63 years daily. Until I was 40 I would often cum 8-10x/day.
Then I began to extend these intimate sessions and cum less. With discipline I've learned to maintain a sexual high almost indefinitely and to have thousands of orgasms in a day but not ejaculate. The sexual might of these orgasms was unimaginable when I was in my twenties.
It's very fulfilling and my physician says I have the prostate of a healthy teen. Despite all of my self-lovemaking, I still have a satisfying love life with my spouse. I have 3 adult children and a busy social life. But now that I'm retired...

Doing my own research, are you balding and or did you start balding at a younger age? I'm thinking obviously that too much ejaculation might deprive the body of certain nutrients it uses for the hair

What happens to the remaining sperm after ejucalation?

Each time i try No Fap for 30days my Sperm Slightly Change Color... Is It Because The Sperm Doesn't Recycle or Because The Sperm Is Old? And if i do Masturbate Twice A Week The Color Seems To Be Normal. Why?

Maybe what you saw when you tried NoFap was the normal colour and the one you consider normal is actually the abnormal one.

Sperm color is based on hydration, medications, diet, etc.

If you don't ejaculate about how long does it take for all sperm in body to break down and go away?

The turnover time for sperm produced in the testes and not ejaculated is days to weeks. A good guide is to ask how long does a man remain potentially fertile after a vasectomy: according to data from Johns Hopkins in the US, 85% of men will show no sperm in their ejaculate 10 weeks after the procedure. But that means 15% of men still do, indicating that at least some sperm can remain viable in the vas deferens and seminal vesicles for more than 2 months.

Since I was born I only had sex once when I was 18 now I'm 22 and I have not had sex but I feel pains and choked what should I do please?

"have not had sex" including ejaculation?

Stopping masturbation after long time can cause any side effects?

The side effects of abruptly ceasing masturbation are likely to be higher libido and frustration!

Thanks Chris.,...I'm definitely FRUSTRATED,I'm'79 but I think I'll get over it hopefully!!!!!!!!! mick.

Sir, please try meditation and hypnosis for celecacy which you can easily find on YouTube.

I am not getting sperm out while masterbatting. Just 2 to 3 drops out. Is there any problem inside with this

Sperm not getting out when musterbatting

I am at day 12. I don't dislike tapping for any religious reasons. But it had been a gateway to porn addiction for over 10 years. To change that I thought I would go about for 90 day no fap. Before this time, I was seeing pain in lower abdomen at day 6-7. I saw my semen to brown. I went to a doctor, he was more uncomfortable than me on fap talk. Now i am on day 12,and pain is getting deeper. In the left side, it's difficult to move. What should be the way ahead? Is a feeling of strain building up which might burst.

Please go see a a doc. You might be having an infection that's why the color is brown.

my boyfriend gets erection but it doesnt last long n also he dont get semen secretion. what is it? please explain

It's probably the case of erectile distinction. Which can be treated very easily. Ask him to take some viagra( its readily available in medical stores across the country. Many times even without a prescription. Recommended dose 50mg.

Tell him to stop beating off.

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