6 unexpected health benefits of sperm — yes, you read that right

Let’s finally settle that awkward debate: Swallowing semen is good for you

Sperm may not be the first thing you want to talk about on a girls’ night out or at family dinner, but there’s science surrounding the baby batter that most of us have encountered a time or two before. We already know that sex is great for your physical and mental health.

Sex past the age of 50 can even help you live longer.

But for all of their function, those little swimmers aren’t normally given enough credit. Beyond the sperm-meets-egg scenario, the recent developments in sperm research are way different (and way more bizarre) than any of us expected.

What we’re trying to say is, it might officially be time to stop worrying about whether to spit or swallow:

benefits of sperm

1. Semen is a natural anti-depressant

I know sex in general can put a smile back on my face, but I never thought it had anything to do with semen. According to a study conducted on 293 female college students at the State University of New York in Albany, exposure to semen can lower symptoms of depression. The study compared female students who were having sex with condoms versus those who were having sex without, and found that the latter group overall showed fewer signs of depression.

According to the study’s author, “These data are consistent with the possibility that semen may antagonize depressive symptoms, and evidence which shows that the vagina absorbs a number of components of semen that can be detected in the bloodstream within a few hours of administration.” Basically, women absorb semen quickly, and thus its benefits can be easily detected in the bloodstream.

But don’t go having unprotected sex because of this. I will state the obvious: There are still such things as STDs and you can still get pregnant despite this health benefit.