Conversation starters with your son about sperm


Several parents have asked me to give them
some starter questions that they can use with their adolescent sons. This series of questions that I have for you
today can be asked by both mom or dad and I would recommend them for a son who is maybe
10 years old or older. They all have to do with the testicles. First question is, ask him if he knows that
the testicles make sperm. You are probably going to be surprised to
find out that he has not even thought of this before and he has no clue what the testicles
do. The answer is yes. One of the important functions of the testicles
is to produce sperm. Then you can ask him if he knows what sperm
do. Don’t be surprised if he doesn’t know what
sperm do. One of the functions that we can give him
is that a sperm unites with an egg to begin the formation of a baby. That will be surprising and may lead to some
other interesting conversations. Then I would ask him if he knows how many
sperm are made every day by the testicles. The number is actually pretty shocking. I have no idea what he is going to say. It will probably be something under 10. But, the truth is that about 800 million sperm,
once the testicles are mature, will be produced every day. This is about 3400 a second. By the time he is sexually mature, when he
starts to have ejaculations, then sperm production is going to be ramped up in his
testicles. 3400 per second is pretty amazing. It will help him to understand that his body
is set up for him to help make babies. That’s the goal of the reproductive system. It’s a very easy process that has been established. This will start a conversation down the road
about reproduction and the responsibility that comes with that. When he is a little older, we need to move
in that direction of that conversation. If you have a son in this age group, you have
probably just run out of your minutes to talk to him. So I would go through the questions quickly. They are going to be helpful as you continue
to walk with your son through this very important transition in his life. I’m Dr. M with Anatomy for Kids.

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