What happens to sperm that isn't ejaculated?

08 November 2009

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

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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.

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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?

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.

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

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.

If im having trouble sleeping, i fap ejac. It knocks me out and i get good sleep. For sex, i fap, n then go into the foreplay. ^.^ 2nd rounds n 3rds were always better and longer with that method.

I try to masturbate my penis up and down until it reach orgasm, but i control to prevent my cum, not the squeezze techniques neither covering the end, but i really control not to release it, does it harmful on my vas deferens, epydidimis, and seminal vesicle?

...it sounds like what you are doing is harmless.

But it is paining to me in my balls and right kidney

it will cause strain on your prostate, I know a lot of people do this like reaching a state of orgasm but stopping ejaculation but it causes strain on prostate and nervous system since your emotions send strong impulses to your body and your body starts preparing and u never ejaculate causing the process to b broken, it will also cause Headaches back pain due to stimulation of the nervous system and yeah u may feel weak in legs too.

Does the DNA coding in recycled sperm account for abnormal birth defects if lets say a retarded sperm is broken down and then mixes with a normal sperm to create sperm that retarded and deformed?

Does masturbating help keep the chances of retarded sperm from mixing with normal sperm?

When sperm cells are recycled, like any recycled cell in the body, they are degraded completely, including their DNA, which is enzymically broken apart to its basic building blocks. So no vestige remains.

I had fracture approx 25days ago.since then I Did no have sex with my wife now since the last two days I am having erections during sleep and pressure in the groin I am 63 but still sexually and physically active my wife always tries to abstain from sex .what should I do now to relive the pressure in my groin at night.

Try jerking off before going to sleep.

u should meditate and calm mind before going to sleep this will help u relax body and mind u won't even get wet dreams much less erection.

I'm planning to do nofap in a weird way. One of the benefits of nofap is to assure that the sperm was absorbed back in the body, which is good because the body gets some nutrients. So the plan is, fap right after it was absorbed. By doing so, you have both your nutrients back and you are also decreasing the chance of getting prostate cancer. In other say, what's the optimal time to fap?

does reabsorption of sperm means use of it? does this retention increase our learning and reminding power

I want to point out something and everyone here is welcome to share their own thoughts... If one stops Sex or masturbation so as not to ejaculate the next problem is wet dream which is still ejaculation... so what is the solution? I wonder all these folks who are on nofap and those who don't marry if don't they have wet dream...I'm thinking having sex or masturbating without ejaculation might be better in the case of handling wet dream

You will get tension in the groin

just like commenter above me said "Having sex without ejaculating is the biggest mistake ever it causes pressure in groin" as for wet dream, meditate and calm/relax your mind before sleeping u wont have any if u are sufficiently relaxing.

Since I Started Having Sex, Sperm Never Come Out Of My Panis, Does It Mean Am Impotence Or Does Not Last For Time Needed...Please Advise Needed

To much sex can cause that problem all jokes aside.and there are men im guessing that might be choking their chicken a little much if you know what I mean without saying it the wrong way.but it's not uncommon

Young age may cause this, or too much ejaculation can also cause this. But usually you can cum once you reach age 12-14 ave. But it can take as long as 16-18 even. Ive heard of really late bloomers..(its not a big deal)..but otherwise you could ask a doctor..which wouldn’t be even close to an odd question compared to the things others asked doctors. (Trust me)

What are the effect or cause of low sperm counts?

I want to ask so something , I’m now 20 yo and i never beat my meat before and now when i try to nothing comes out shall i be scared or what should i do?

It was the same for me, first time definately took longer. No reason to be scared just keep at it with a fair amount of lube, spit or even better pre cum.

When i sleep i have sex dream but i got wet sperm when i wake up but if i sex in life i cant se any sperm when i unirate i get small sperm with red blood pleas what can i do

u should go see a doc.

Dear Doctor,

I am married, while doing sex during the time of ejection some 1/2 amount liquid will come out and 1/4th of liquid goes to upper right side kidney and 1/4th right leg nerve..
Kindly advice

Im sorry, but the amount and process of making that much sperm and prostatic fluids In now way is healthy! This Idiot female has not clue about any Male anatomy nor test results to speak of. No , its now Decided by most urologist that not ejaculating regularly can raise prostate cancer risk! its the function of all the glands that producing their parts of semen that do not halt because you stop ejaculating. that would be hard after a period of time anyway yet still the fluid doesnt just recycle. the old stagnating sperm and fluid rots as new is produced which is never good. Females Eggs and lining rot but they leave the body. Theres no recycling to decay!

Why would you call females idiots? Do you really think we are that we don't know what happens to the male body? You are the IDIOT if you think that!

I'm pretty sure he didn't call females idiot. He said, "idiot female," indicating that particular idiot was a female. In no way I believe he called all females idiots. He does seem pretty stupid but I don't think he's sexist. He just said that idiot which happens to be a female "has not clue" xD

Highlighting the word female when calling somebody an idiot indicates that The speaker considers Gender causative of the idiocy. It was insulting and the Female commenting deserves an apology.

It is right to think that females give birth to males. But there is no chance for a female knowing how a male feels inside the body when he is aroused. Because male body build is different from female. And in addition to that they cannot get the same feeling as male arousal is mainly bodily expression and female arousal is a kind of body and also mind . The feelings are different. Moreover a male gets arousal only if a female is attractive particularly to his taste regardless of whether a particular girl is beautful or not. Some girls are beautiful but not attractive. There is subtle differences between beauty, attraction, arousal.

So Chris...where does this recycle process take place and how?can you please ellabourate?

nice question .please answer

I want to know that when a man stopping the sperm by hand so it's going back to their position or not or it's harmful ,and the dopamine is going back to Brain or not

Hi Chris
I'm currently on a nofap journey and many people there in the forum are saying that you get so much energy and have much a healthier life if you don't ejaculate because your body can keep the energy and stuff from sperm which mean that you have a lot more energy for other things.
I really don't believe in that but I'm looking for evidence for on or the other opinion.
Can you reason why or why not the body can have (significant) more energy because of the recycling of sperm? How much energy does it really need to produce sperm? Is it that significant or is a small workout much more strenuous?
Is the body really releasing significant amounts of nutrients during ejaculation?

Don Juan in the Carlos Castenada books takes about the use of energy, and how it needs to be conserved in order to become a man of knowledge. The unique abilities achieved require vast amounts of energy. Creating life during sex is a bestowment of awareness in another being and is not to be taken lightly.

You’ve spoken some real words my man. We need more people like you.
Respect.

Guys its a fact that approx 32 kgs of food makes 800grams blood and that 800 gm blood makes 20grams of sperm
Means masturbating destroys your energy a lot and if u stop ejaculating definitely you can live a healtheir life
Refer to the ancient indian ''brahmachari jeevan (life)" of those legends who never got married or ejaculate refer to the ancient knowledge of india and china

Can we see the published evidence to support that claim please?

Everything he said was stupid.

"its a fact that approx 32 kgs of food makes 800grams blood"

Because energy from food is measured in weight? So if i ate 32kg of chocolate id be the same as 32kg of apples?

Then he talks about some nonsense after

I just wanna have an erection at any time on n on and I know if I dont ejaculate I be able to do so that's why I wanna no if its harmful

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