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The Power of Semen

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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5:46AM PDT on Jul 29, 2015

yuck

5:10AM PDT on Jul 29, 2015

Drink it, Baby! Take a huge gulp!!

5:39AM PDT on Jul 27, 2015

Always something new and interesting.

6:30PM PDT on Jul 26, 2015

noted

1:31PM PDT on Jul 17, 2015

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8:13PM PDT on Jul 14, 2015

ty

4:35AM PDT on Jul 10, 2015

This would explain some things. ;)

Although I expected some more benefits. :D

9:38PM PDT on Jun 23, 2015

Makes a lot of sense that semen would assist in the release of eggs.

8:51AM PDT on Jun 23, 2015

short and sweet

6:22PM PDT on Jun 22, 2015

Lol@they aren't sure if humans react like animals. Of course we do!! Duh

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