The Journey of the Sperm; the Odyssey Edition

The Journey of the Sperm; the Odyssey Edition

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  • Intro
  • I must find my beloved Penelope and make my way home to Ithica.
  • Vagina
  •  I am Athena who will assist you through your travels. Beware of the Cyclops Polyphemus who is here protecting his cave.
  • Cervix
  • I must navigate through these rough waters and make it home to my beloved Penelope. The hardest decision is choose between Scylla the six-headed monster who will eat six of my men or the whirlpool Charybdis who will swallow my ship whole.
  • 250 million sperm are about to take a long journey into the vagina racing against each other to meet the egg in the Uterus.
  • Uterus
  • By: Yasmin Nyman
  • My journey will soon be over and I can return to Ithaca after 10 years to my loving wife Penelope.
  • About 250 million Sperm enter the Vagina though in the first 30 minutes of entering 99% of them will die due to deadly acids that protect the vagina from pathogens.
  • Fallopian Tubes
  • 60,000 of the sperm that remain now have to get through a mucus plug in the cervix and then navigate through thousands of pathways to next reach the uterus but, many will die due to getting lost or stuck in the wrong pathways. 
  • Back To The Uterus
  • Oh, Penelope I've missed you terribly. I'm glad to finally be home.
  • With only about 3000 sperm remaining they must now travel through the Uterus to the Fallopian Tube but are faced with an army of white blood cells ready to attack.
  • Crew, we must watch out for the sirens for their beautiful melody can lure us to crash in the dangerous rocks.
  • With only around 10-30 sperm left they are now safe in the fallopian tube they are provided with nutriens from the fallopian tubes and can remain alive there for several days.
  • The remaining sperm race to find the egg. When the sperm finds the egg and makes contact it ends up inside the egg fertilizing it. The zygote then travels back down the Fallopian tube towards the uterus.
  • Odysseus your home! I've missed you so much!
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