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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 14 years old. I am in puberty age.My penis is kinda small.I only masturbate 7 times in my life. On the third time, my sperm started to turn yellow and more sticky than before. On that day,I was taking strong antibiotics(Augmentin amoxycillin+clavulanate pottasium 625mg) for my ear infection. It is because of the antibiotics or my penis infection.





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Hi I'm 21 years old and I got very yellow semen and this the first time I have seen my semen like that can u please tell me if there any reasons causing that yellow Semen





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Hello I need some information about when i ejaculate it's a off white with a bit of yellow threw it not much any idea if that's normal or is it and infection?please help thanks





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i am a 31 year old diabetic . And hardly any sperm comes out when i masterbate





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I am 23 and when I ejaculate my semen mix with some thick yellow fluid.please help.





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My advice to you (and to probably most of the people who posted questions on this site) is to go to a urologist. A urologist has access to knowledge that the general practitioner or family physician often does not have.





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Hi I am 31 and my semen is watery even I ejaculate after a month please tell me, I would not have kids in future??





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I'm a 22 year old male, within the past 2 days ice noticed my sperm is a brownish watery sperm, just recently gotten back into the game after a long time without having sex, could it just be blood from an injury? Or do you think I should find someone doctor





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I am 19 and masturbate 2 - 3 times a day my sperm is clumpy and semen is watery and my testicles ache I can't tell wether it's before I ejaculate or after?,





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When I have sexual intercourse I feel like I am shooting sperm so when I pull out I see nothing but when I pee I see this white gooey stuff come out so am I shooting out sperm or not??





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