The Healing Properties of Semen

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SemenAfter writing about the healing properties of breast milk, this blog would not be complete without the inclusion of the unique healing fluid of a man: semen.  Although we are taught to view sexuality and its fluids with fear, in many cultures and for many centuries, the healing properties of sexuality and semen have been well understood. This information was forgotten by many, but today, science is now able to prove it!

I will discuss the incredible health benefits of semen, but please use caution in the exchange of any fluids, and make sure the source is free from infection.

In Ancient Greece, Aristotle spoke of the perfection of semen, as did the Jewish philosopher Philo, and the Christian Platonist Clement of Alexandria who called it the “substance of the soul.” Aristotle considered the loss of semen as a loss of valuable and much-needed nourishment, as did others who believed it should not be wasted!  In some pre-industrial societies, semen and other body fluids were thought to be magical and of supernatural origin, or simply sacred. Semen is considered to have such special properties, that it is even ingested in some cultures by men wanting to acquire maturity, wisdom, masculinity or power. In ancient eastern cultures, gemstones are believed to be drops of divine semen. The Chinese believed jade was the dried semen of the celestial dragon. Chinese medicine places a great emphasis on the ejaculation of a man or woman, and refer to it as a form of energy known as jing, also called “essence” or “spirit.”  Taoists use practices to stimulate and conserve their bodily fluids to great extents. The fluid believed to contain the most Jing is semen, therefore Taoists believe in decreasing the frequency of, or totally avoiding ejaculation in order to conserve life essence.

Semen contains over 50 different compounds including hormones, neurotransmitters, endorphins and immunosupressants. Other ingredients in semen include amino acids, fructose, enzymes, proteins, citric acid, lipids, ascorbic acid, zinc, cholesterol, calcium, chlorine, blood group antigens, DNA, Magnesium, vitamin B12, phosphorus, sodium, potassium, uric acid, lactic acid, nitrogen, and vitamin C. <strong>Semen also contains many proteins with potent antimicrobial activity against bacteria, fungi and virus.</strong> Some of the more interesting compounds are the mood-enhancing chemicals including: cortisol (increases affection), estrone (elevates mood), prolactin (a natural antidepressant), oxytocin (also elevates mood), thyrotropin-releasing hormone (another antidepressant), melatonin (a sleep-inducing agent) and even serotonin (perhaps the most well-known antidepressant neurotransmitter).  For this reason, the health benefits of semen intake, both orally and vaginally, has begun to be studied by scientists. Read below for some of the results!:

An Anti-Depressant for women

A study done back in 2002 at the State University of New York in Albany showed that women who were directly exposed to semen were less depressed and less likely to attempt suicide. The researchers concluded that this was on account of mood-altering hormones in the semen being absorbed through the vagina, as one group used condoms, and the other did not.  A number of components of semen can be detected in the bloodstream within a few hours of having sex. It is thought that the psychological effects of semen are a result of its complex chemical make-up including several mood-altering hormones: testosterone, oestrogen, follicle  hormone, luteinizing hormone, prolactin, and several prostaglandins.

Preventing Breast and Prostate Cancer

Absorption of semen through the vaginal wall has also been linked to reducing the risk of breast cancer. This is attributed to the glycoprotein and selenium content, and apoptosis induced by TGF-Beta. A high frequency of ejaculation that produces the semen, has also been found to decrease the total risk of prostate cancer in men. From the Journal of the American Medical Association: “high ejaculation frequency was related to decreased risk of total prostate cancer.”

Prevents Preeclampsia

A Dutch study found that women who gave their male partner oral sex, and swallowed, had a lower risk of preeclampsia, the dangerously high blood pressure that sometimes accompanies pregnancy. It has been hypothesized that substances in semen condition a mother’s immune system to accept the “foreign” proteins found in sperm as well as the resulting fetus and placenta, keeping blood pressure low and thereby reducing the risk of preeclampsia. A study shows that oral sex and swallowing semen may help make a woman’s pregnancy safer and more successful, because she is absorbing her partner’s antigens.

Helping with Morning sickness

Psychologist Gordon Gallup at SUNY-Albany who specializes in human reproductive competition and behavior, is suggesting that oral sex could serve as a kind of cure for morning sickness. Gordon theorizes that expectant women become ill and vomit because their bodies are rejecting the sperm’s genetic material as something foreign and unfamiliar. His idea, which was presented at 2012 Northeastern Evolutionary Psychology Society, suggests that women can build up their immunity by ingesting the sperm of the baby’s father.

Ovulation control

A recent study at the University of Saskatchewan has discovered that a protein in semen acts on the female brain to prompt ovulation ― and that it’s the same molecule that regulates the growth, maintenance, and survival of nerve cells. As a result, it’s very possible that semen acts as a hormonal signal, working through the hypothalamus of the female brain and the pituitary gland. This in turn triggers the release of other hormones that signal the ovaries to release an egg.

Increased libido

Another hypothesis has emerged that absorption of the testosterone contained in semen through a woman’s vaginal walls during sexual intercourse (or even through the act of swallowing semen) may increase her sex drive.

Preventing miscarriages

Some infertility and miscarriage is due to the presence of antibodies that destroy the proteins or antigens present in the partner’s semen, or genetic material. Having oral sex and swallowing the semen of the partner may help make the pregnancy safer and more successful by the woman ingesting her partner’s antigens.

Hair support

Bull semen has been used to add life and lustre to dull, damaged hair. Apparently, semen has five times the healing property of vitamin E oil and is also rich in proteins. The protein content in semen could very well complement the protein in hair molecules.

So there you have it! If you’re with a partner who is healthy and free of infection, than go ahead and enjoy those special properties of semen. Just remember that the one special property we didn’t mention, is that sperm can also make a baby!!

Have fun enjoying your magical body and all its fluids!

About the author

Lauren Brim, Ph.D is a doctor of human sexuality, sex coach and author of The New Rules of Sex, The New American Family, The New Rules of Sex Workbook, and Your Boyfriend's Hooker. She provides sexual health and coaching resources for women wanting to create the life or love life that they desire at Lauren has worked in the healing arts for over a decade and began to specialize in women's health after training to be a midwife. She is also the founder at She lives in Los Angeles with her daughter.

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