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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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I know that loads of men find it very difficult to talk about these sorts of problems, but there are lots of treatments available so please talk to your GP if you are worrying.

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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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I am 15 and i mastubate maybe four times in a week semen is red/ brown and is thick but not cloudy, am i infected or its just normal. Plz i need answers.





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I have worked in educational videos demonstrating sexual positions. Depending upon the female talent who I would work with, I would almost bust while taking the stills for the box. Anyways, I have learned how to control my pre-ejaculation. Being on these sets for sometimes 3 to 4 hours filming and taking pics, I would ejaculate 2 to 3 times. This was due because I would do scenes maybe once a week, and I was not having relationships outside of my job. The more ejaculations the less prostate problems and pre-ejaculations.





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My semen doesn't smell like semen anymore! doesn't smell like anything. Does this mean something....





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An ex boyfriend had solid semen it ejsculated like silly string out an aresol can it was white and solid is this an sti ?





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I'm a 31 year old man and over the past few years I've noticed some changes. Is it down to an ageing body or something else? I used to shoot n spray a healthy volume of semen however over the years this went to more of a dribble n in even more recent years this has turned to one thick sploge! Which is rather disappointing after shooting copious amounts of more watery cum. Don't know if this may have anything behind it too but I'm a gay man that receives anal sex again over the years muscles have got looser n I can no longer feel my prostate ... I Used to be able to insert a finger and feel it now there is nothing there. I don't get sexually aroused much or maintain an erection without the use of viagra (from the Internet) and despite emptying my bladder before anal sex. It makes me urinate rather than cum. What's going wrong?





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I am 16 years old and do not have an active sex life. However when i masturbate, i usually get white semen at firs that will shoot out, then after, thick yellow/white cloudy semen comes out. I have researched it and i can only find problems such as urine getting into the semen or the diet you have. I have had this problem for near enough 2 to 3 years now and im almost 17. I am frustrated because i cannot seem to find my answer online and do not have the courage to go and see my gp. Could someone help?





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42 yrs old and until know i have had normal semen, recently noticed a change to lots of watery fluid..! Any suggestions?





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Im 15 years old and i just recently started masturbating. Ive had countless wet dreams and have ejaculated normally. But whenever i masturbate i have no orgasm and only small yellow specs the size of a salt grain come out the tip of my penis ( i dont notice until i look and i cant feel it) there is no pain. Please help!!





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my foreskin is red and there is a white discharge and when i cum its a little bit of yellow. is this yeast or just an infection? i haven't had sex, like any...





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I want to find out about the colour of semen that is including sperm which is invisible when ejaculated. I have been trying to conceive for three months now, my husband's semen appears to be somehow watery and not thick, from the videos I've seen where men ejaculate, it looks milky and thick. Pls if anyone has an answer to my question , pls reply for I'm really confused.





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