The Power of Semen

Originally published on September 19, 2012, on bedsider.org

Just when we thought we had the biology of human reproduction figured out, new research shows there’s still plenty we don’t understand. Today’s example? A team of biologists have shown that a protein commonly found in the semen of many animals—including humans—can help kick-start the release of an egg (a.k.a. ovulation). The protein, which has been on biologists’ radars for a long time, is called beta nerve growth factor, or β-NGF—named for the first thing scientists noticed it doing.

Studies in llamas, alpacas, and cows show that giving β-NGF as a shot leads to the release of an egg in most of the animals. But what about humans? We know there is β-NGF in human semen too, but we don’t know whether it does something similar in humans as in the animals the scientists tested it on. The researchers hope to tackle this question next.

The answers they find will help determine how reliable the rhythm method (a.k.a. fertility awareness) can be as a form of birth control. It could also suggest a new treatment for couples struggling with infertility… We’ll be keeping our ears open!

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350 comments

Mark muc
Mark p.muc19 hours ago

thx...

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Bill E
Bill E23 hours ago

Interesting

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Olga N

Look forward to further updates on this interesting topic.

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Steven W
Steven W7 days ago

Very interesting new information. Thank you for sharing.

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lori Gearhart
lori Gearhart17 days ago

ty

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Krzysztof J
Krzysztof J20 days ago

Ty

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Camilla Vaga
Camilla Vaga22 days ago

yuck

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Ruth S
Ruth Sabout a month ago

Thanks.

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Peggy B
Peggy Babout a month ago

Noted

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Leanne K
Leanne Kabout a month ago

I dont doubt it, but Id still rather you kept it to yourself. Semen that is...

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