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One sperm is enough for a baby

It takes around 64 days for the sperms to fully mature in the male body. During this period, the sperms pass through various stages of development.

health-and-fitness Updated: May 03, 2010 15:33 IST
Dr Kavan Lakdawala
Dr Kavan Lakdawala
Hindustan Times

I have problems with nightfall at times. I have given up on masturbation. Do you think my sperm count has reduced? Can I become a father? Is there any test to determine this? Is it necessary to masturbate?

You have too many queries. I hope not to confuse you further. There is absolutely no relation between the sperm count and the act of masturbation or nightfall.

The male body starts production of sperms once the boy reaches puberty. The body does not have unlimited storage space. Hence sperms need an outlet from time to time. There are few natural ways by which the sperms can be ejaculated. First is sexual encounter. Second is by masturbation.

Third is by nightfall. And rarely during urination or defecation may sperms flow out. Masturbation is the process of self-stimulation. It involves the use of fantasy world in stimulating one self to reach an orgasm. It is the safest way of getting rid of the pent up sexual energy. There are no gains by giving it up. Nightfall is a healthy way devised by nature to get rid of the excess sperms.

You’ve often said that one sperm is enough for a baby. I read that the male body stores thousands of sperms. What is the reason for this wastage? What is fertile period in women?

Nature has devised its own ways to control human population. The testes produce sperms.

It takes around 64 days for the sperms to fully mature in the male body. During this period, the sperms pass through various stages of development. The female genital tract does not have a conducive environment for the survival of the sperms.

Hence, a few thousands are deposited in the vagina and only one fertilises the female egg. The sperms have a life span of around 72 hours, after being released in the female genital tract. The ovary produces the female eggs (ovum). Every month, one ovum is released from either of the two ovaries.

The ovum takes around eight to 10 days to mature under normal circumstances before being released in the fallopian tubes. After release, the ovum can survive for around 24 hours.

Within this time span it has to be fertilised by the sperm for a pregnancy to occur. For a lady with 30 day regular cycle day 12-18 are considered day with the best chances of fertilisation. A woman can become pregnant only after having unprotected peno-vaginal intercourse with a man.

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