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Seminal gland

The seminal gland, more commonly referred to as the seminal vesicle, holds the liquid that mixes with sperm to form semen.

Semen combines fluid elements from the epididymis, seminal vesicles, prostate gland, and vas deferens. Each body part plays a key role in semen production. The fluids help the sperm swim towards the egg and keep the sperm nourished during the transit process.

This gland is located behind the bladder, above the prostate gland, and in front of the rectum. It is about two inches long, on average. This gland releases a fluid rich in sugars (especially fructose), which feeds the sperm. The fluid also has clotting properties that make the semen sticky. This ensures that the semen clings inside the vagina long enough for the sperm to travel to the egg.

Pain in the lower left section of the abdomen is an indicator that the seminal vesicle is inflamed. A dry orgasm is another symptom that can be caused by problems with the seminal vesicle. If the seminal gland is obstructed by inflammation, cysts, or calcification, the seminal fluid will not be released.

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