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Body Check – Semen Transcript

Dr Christian: When men ejaculate the purpose of their semen is probably the last thing on their minds but it serves a very important role. Semen is essentially there to carry and protect the sperm it contains but how it looks can change depending on your general well being.

It’s advisable to occasionally check your semen for anything out of the ordinary, as it could highlight another problem or condition in the body. There are a few simple things to look out for.

Usually semen is a cloudy white or off white fluid that within about 30 minutes outside the body goes runny and clear. Any difference in colour may be your body telling you there is a problem.

If the semen becomes predominantly yellow or tinged with green this could be a sign of infection, often due to the sexually transmitted disease gonorrhoea.

Red or brown semen could be a sign of a prostate problem like a burst blood vessel, an infection, an injury or in some cases cancer. So do speak to your doctor if the symptoms continue.

The amount of semen produced will vary from man to man and depends on how active a sex life he has. But on average it’s about a spoon full.

However, recurring low levels or watery semen could highlight a problem called retrograde ejaculation. With this condition, sperm is ejaculated into the bladder rather than out through the penis. It is not harmful but can cause fertility problems; or it could be sign of a prostate abnormality so is worth speaking to your GP about.

Semen will often have a chlorine type smell but a strong, foul smelling ejaculation is very likely to be a sign of an infection, and like all the other warning signs, should be examined by a GP.

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Body Check: Semen

When men ejaculate, the purpose of their semen is probably the last thing on their minds, but it can serve a very important role in spotting changes in your well being. In this video, Dr Christian discusses what changes to look out for in your semen.

Usually, semen is a white or off white fluid that within about 30 minutes turns runny and clear. Any changes in colour or smell could be a sign of something more serious.

Semen will usually have a chlorine type smell, but a strong foul smelling ejaculation could be a sign of infection. Yellow or green tinged semen could also indicate infections and red or brown semen can highlight prostate problems.

The amount of semen produced varies from man to man. However, recurring low levels of watery semen could indicate a condition called retrograde ejaculation and though not harmful, it can cause fertility problems.

If you spot any of these changes contact your GP.

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Me and my girl r trying for a baby but I don't always cum can she still get pregnant





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My semen is white and thick, about one spoonful in amount





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I am elderly but fit. I have an enlarged prostate. I have been to see an endocrinologist and all my parameters seem normal. I rub testosterone into my skin once a day ( 5 % ) With Viagra I can maintain an erection but fail to climax. However if I masturbate I eventually get there. I note my semen has now no smell at all where before it had the distinct scent of Chlorine. Its been a long time since I had a desire " hit " what advice can you give ? do you think I should get a TURP and would this improve things ? Thanks





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I'm 15 years of age, I masturbate almost thrice in a week, now my semen is cloudy white but watery and few; not even close to a drop of water...After masturbating, I always urinate afterwards. Though I've had a transurethal prostatectomy surgery while I was 10. Pls I need help in case of the future.





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ok i have clear watery semen... i just took antibiotics to cure an sti called chlamydia is just the process of healing or should go back to my doc to check it out?





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hi im a 23 y/o male and when i cum my sperm is slightly gray-ish and has had me worried for some time anyone know if anything is wrong?





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I am a 37 year old lady, when I cum it's white blobs of cum.. And not that much at all?? Is there something wrong with me??





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No, it is because you are getting older

Am a female am 25yrs old dating a man of 46yrs the ting now is that wheneva after doing sex his semen are white bold white n thick then after sumtimes nxt morning when i go to the toilet dey cme up white flowing lyke a river n smelly wat iz the problem?





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The smell is due to the mixture of the semen and vaginal fluid. Bacteria thrive on the mixture and causes a foul smell.

I am 21 and my semen is frequantly yellow and contains these gellotene looking balls sometimes, this has been happening before i was sexually active. Do I have an infection or is it my diet?





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I am 45 and have recently started having exactly the same as you have described should i be getting it checked out?

can sperm smell? Every time me and my partner have sex his sperm smells and it leaves me smelly to.





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Yes it can, usually chlorine like smell or a bit fishy. However a strong smell could be a sign of infection, ask your partner to see his GP or a sexual health clinic.





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