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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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am 29 years old am problem is that anytime i ejaculate my sperm look like yellow and it watery please help me what can i do. but some years ago when am still like 20,21 years my sperm is ok





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am 29 years old am problem is that anytime i ejaculate my sperm look like yellow and it watery please help me what can i do. but some years ago when am still like 20,21 years my sperm is ok





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am 29 years old am problem is that anytime i ejaculate my sperm look like yellow and it watery please help me what can i do. but some years ago when am still like 20,21 years my sperm is ok





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My semen is clearly white and taste like sugar is it normal plz i need answers





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I am 14 and i ejaculate some blood but not much is that a problem?





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my semen is now thicker in parts and watery in other it squirts out more than useual and looks a lot like pee what the hell is going on





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Hi I'm 35 and have just started to notice a change in my seamen it is coming out in a lump about an inch long and resembles something I picked out my nose but is an off white appearance with a bit of fluid after it. Is this something I should take further? Many thanks





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Hi i am 19 years old and about three months ago i started to ejaculate yellowish tinted sperm. i do not know the case of this becuase i have only been with one person and i got tested after and was found clean. i have kissed two others but nothing more. i do not know why my sperm is yellow tinted.Can someone tell me the reason?





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Hi. I'm a 34 year old man and i'm worried my semen is a sign of a further problems in my body but my doctor keeps on dismissing this. My semen is yellow (and has been now for quite a while now) and directly after or before cumming i need to pee. I have gone to my doctor numerous times and he's told me there's nothing to worry about (but i'm not so sure. I have had chlymedia, gonerehhoa and Warts in the past but all have cleared up and have had no sign of any for years. I have even gone to have further sexual health checks to try and find out the problem. This is causing me great concern as i dont want to ejaculate in front of my partner Please help





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Right my semen was a whitish but at the end there was a yellow lumpy bit any tell me what it means





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