One of the most common bodily reactions during puberty in boys is what is known as ‘night pollution’. Let’s investigate what they are and what triggers this behavior that can occur throughout the entire fertile stage of man.
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What is nocturnal pollution
The sexual development of men involves the massive secretion of testosterone, the hormone involved in sexual desire and in the manufacture of sperm, the reproductive cells that swim in semen. For this reason, the expression ‘nocturnal pollution’ is used to refer to the ejaculation of semen that occurs during the night and that remains accumulated without being expelled due to lack of sexual activity.
These involuntary ejaculations often begin during middle (from 12-13 years old) or late adolescence (from 15 to 21 years old), and may not recur once in adulthood or may occur throughout the entire life of the individual, depending on the testosterone levels of each one and the constancy with which they practice sex or onanism. Therefore, an adult is also prone to spontaneous ejaculations if he is sufficiently aroused and has not had sex for a long time.
Nocturnal emissions and wet dreams
In general, nocturnal emissions usually occur in the REM phase of sleep. What most typically happens is that when we have one while we sleep, we wake up the next morning with wet sheets or pants and with traces of dried semen in the crotch, quite uncomfortable sensations with which to wake up.
On other occasions, the man has an erotic dream, gets excited and has an orgasm that he is fully aware of and that makes him wake up after cumming. It is when these ejections are preceded by hot images that we speak of ‘wet dreams’ or ‘wet’.
Now, the duo of erotic dreams and nocturnal pollution does not always occur , so the most common thing is that we have one without remembering having dreamed anything special.
The role of nocturnal emissions
Through these uncontrollable expulsions of semen, the body itself regulates the hypersecretion of sperm stored in the testicles, so that these reproductive cells are renewed from time to time as long as they are functional for possible fertilization.
It might seem that the body behaves illogically, but the truth is that nothing in nature happens by chance and has an explanation. In the case of nocturnal emissions, many experts agree that it is a way that the body itself has to make sure that the reproductive system is still working , despite the lack of activity.
This is one of the many novelties that adolescence brings with it, in addition to the appearance of hair, acne or a change in voice; and what else can confuse pubers, making them feel guilty or ashamed, believing that they have urinated on themselves. They are undoubtedly very annoying, but there is no need to worry: nocturnal emissions in the youngest are a sign of the step towards the correct maturation of the individual and can occur occasionally, something that is important to transmit to dispel doubts.
More data about nocturnal
emissions These are some of the curiosities surrounding involuntary semen emissions that may interest you:
1. The average number of erections at night is 4 or 5
We speak of involuntary erections, that is, not caused in order to obtain pleasure. Likewise, having erections does not have to trigger any nocturnal pollution : as we said above, these serve to assure the body that the man’s apparatus will work correctly when the time comes for a possible fertilization.
2. Is there a number of nocturnal emissions that is considered “normal”
Not at all. This bodily reaction does not happen to all men equally (some die without having had one), nor do they occur with the same frequency in those who have felt them , in the same way that there are menstrual periods that are more irregular than others. in the women.
As we anticipated, factors such as the body itself, the level of secreted testosterone, the frequency of ejaculations through masturbation or sexual intercourse or the level of arousal, will influence the probabilities. For example, to an adolescent without any notable abnormality, they can happen at a rate of 1 each month approximately; and another kid reaching adulthood without ever waking up with a wet crotch.
3. “I have never had a nocturnal emission, is it serious, doctor
No, this question varies according to each subject : a man may not have a single involuntary ejaculation during his sleeping hours, while another will often “suffer” it (with or without erotic dreams involved); and perhaps a third will happen late for the first time.
4. Excess sperm can be disposed of by other means
Like other cells , excess sperm can also be eliminated by phagocytosis , a process carried out by macrophages, a class of white blood cells that eliminate unusable microorganisms and promote the creation of cells. new cells.
5. The causes of nocturnal emissions
Make no mistake: spontaneous ejaculations take place due to a physiological cause, so they are not the effect of an erotic dream . In fact, you can have erotic dreams without ending up ejaculating, just as you can experience nocturnal emissions without having previously sounded anything racy.
6. They can occur before other sexual experiences
In a percentage between 11 – 13% of men (the most premature), nocturnal emissions are the first time they ejaculate , even before starting habitual practices in adolescence such as masturbation; Needless to say in sex.
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