Get a Load of this: Benchmarking men’s ejaculation volume

[dropcap]H[/dropcap]ave you wondered how much a man ejaculates? It’s a topic overflowing with braggadocio. You’ll often hear guys bragging about blowing a big ‘load’, or snapping a massive ‘batch’, or that they gave their partner a thick coating of ‘albino lipstick’ (OK, maybe not that last one as much). But how much baby gravy is actually coming out of us?
Although it might seem to a lot of guys (myself included) that we ejaculate enough to fill a ‘Big Gulp’ sized cup at 7-11 (sorry for the disgusting visual), the actual amount is quite humbling. A 2005 study published in the Journal of Fertility and Sterility by a group led by Dr. Eliahu Levitas analyzed almost 10,000 semen samples–fun stuff! More than half of the samples were deemed to be normozoospermic; meaning men with normal, healthy sperm characteristics. A histogram of the semen volume of the 6,000 normozoospermic samples interpreted from the Levitas paper is below:


The average semen volume per ejaculation was 3.4 milliliters (mL), which barely fills a teaspoon–not exactly ‘massive’, gents! The standard deviation was about 1.7 mL; so if we project the results of this study on the entire population of men, it suggests that two-thirds of guys will ejaculate between 1.7 mL and 5.1 mL. If you’re going to investigate how you measure up, for God’s sake don’t use your good measuring cup!

Levitas, Eliahu et al. (2005). Relationship between the duration of sexual abstinence and semen quality: analysis of 9,489 semen samples. Fertility and Sterility, Volume 83, Issue 6 , 1680 – 1686.

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