How to Increase the Chances of Pregnancy

Some couples are able to get pregnant effortlessly, while others experience varying degrees of difficulty. Many couples who are trying to conceive are anxious to do so. Although having intercourse within the “fertile window” is one of the best known ways to increase the probability of fertilization, there are several other ways that couples can …

Male Sterilization

… of birth control for males. It is a surgical procedure, typically involving local anesthesia, in which the vas deferens are cut, tied, or blocked off so that sperm cannot leave the scrotum. This procedure prevents the expulsion of sperm from the male’s body during ejaculation, thus eliminating the chance of pregnancy.A local anesthesia …

Testicular Cancer

… FactorsSelf-Examination TechniquesTreatmentTesticular Cancer and MasculinityConcluding Remarks
What is it?

Testicular cancer begins in the germ cells located in the testicles. Germ cells are responsible for making sperm cells and a vital part of reproduction.

There are two types of testicular cancer:

Seminomas: tumors that grow slowly and are sensitive to radiation therapy.Nonseminomas: tumors …

Birth Control Pill Overview

Birth control pills are one of the most effective contraceptive methods for preventing pregnancy. Commonly referred to as “The Pill,” this type of birth control comes in a variety of forms and can be taken in a variety of different ways depending on the method that works best for the individual. There are two main …

Intrauterine Device (IUD)

… work in slightly different ways, and have different advantages and disadvantages.4

How Does It Work?

Both the hormonal and copper IUD make an inhospitable environment for sperm. The hormonal IUD thickens cervical mucus to prevent sperm from fertilizing the egg; the copper ions from the copper IUD inhibit sperm motility to prevent sperm from …

Swallowing Your Partner's Ejaculate

… Contents

What’s in It?Is It Safe to Ingest?What Does It Taste Like?The Volume and Consistency of SemenAre There Any Health Benefits to Swallowing Sperm?Communication and Swallowing A Partner’s EjaculateConcluding Remarks
What’s in It?

Semen is made up of many different components. The biggest component of semen is water …

The Testes

… to the vas deferens, and towards the prostate where they exit via the urethra.1

Testes, also called testicles, are the male reproductive organs responsible for producing sperm. Sperm are the cells that hold the male genetic makeup necessary for reproduction.1 Singularly known as testis, testes are also responsible for producing androgens, including the …


… combination of seminal fluid and mature sperm (spermatozoa), which is ejaculated through the urethra during the male orgasm. Semen is the medium through which a male’s sperm is delivered to a female’s egg cell, or ovum, during procreative sex. Boys start producing both semen and mature sperm during puberty.

Appearance and Consistency

Semen …

Male Masturbation

Masturbation is the self-stimulation of the genitals with a hand, sex toy, vibrator, or other object for sexual pleasure. Masturbation can be done alone (solo masturbation) or at the same time as a partner (mutual masturbation). Masturbation is a common and healthy activity that most individuals with penises do regularly throughout their lifetimes. A …