Making a Baby Is Complicated How Does Conception Occur

A female ovulates once a month during her reproductive years. Ovulation culminates in the liberation of an egg, which then settles in one of the fallopian tubes. There the egg sits and plays a waiting game, as it has but 24 hours or so to become fertilized by a sperm. Semen from a male counterpart is a mixture of sperm (produced by the testes) and nourishing and supporting fluids from various accessory reproductive glands, such as the prostate and Cowper's gland. Ejaculation produces about one-half teaspoon of semen, which will contain millions of sperm. This high number of sperm is very important because the task at hand is so great. Ultimately, however, only one sperm will fertilize the egg and initiate the genesis of human life.

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