Does Swallowing Semen Really have Health Benefits?
There is a general belief that swallowing semen has health benefits. In fact, folks have gone to the extent of creating cookbooks, even cocktail recipes integrating semen as an active ingredient. However, there are others that have complained about the stomach upset they experienced from swallowing semen. Seminal plasma hypersensitivity, an allergic reaction to the proteins found in semen also occur in some individual. However, this condition is extremely rare.
This begs the question, does swallowing semen really have health benefits?
According to numerous sources, the ingestion of semen has health benefits. Though, most of these so-called “benefits” arise primarily from myths and misinterpretations of scientific researches.
One of such claim is that, semen is as an effective teeth whitener. This myth is probably due to the relatively high zinc content of semen. Another urban legend claimed that, it is a good source of protein or a healthy nutrition supplement.
Semen neither whitens the teeth, nor can it serve as a dietary supplement, unless consumed in large quantity. At the very most, 1/20th of an ejaculate is protein by mass, which will typically contain only one or two calories and less than half a gram of protein.
A study, conducted in 2002 is usually cited. This study proposed that semen may act as an anti-depressant when it is absorbed within the vagina. Others have connected seminal exposure to reduced risk of breast cancer, and an overall better health for heterosexual women. Most of the urban legends on the health benefit of semen arose from the misinterpretation of these studies.
However, you should know that these and many related studies relied mainly on statistical correlations between survey answers. They also used altered methods of contraception as a proxy for semen exposure, and their analysis was limited to sex between heterosexual couples.
Another claim, albeit with a bit more scientific backing is that swallowing the father’s semen during natural pregnancy may promote the success of the pregnancy. According to the claim, this may occur by conditioning the mother’s immune system to better tolerate the conceptus. However, additional research is required to demonstrate the oral absorption of seminal components into the mother’s blood stream.
In a nutshell, with an unlikely exception of couples who have recently conceived, any other health benefits that have been claimed to arise from swallowing semen, are probably psychological effects.