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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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When I ejaculate my semen dribbles rather than shoots. I have never shot semen before. Is this normal?





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when i ejaculate sometimes it can be watery and once it was very sticky and gooey and most of the time now a days my semen has a very strong bleach smell. i'm quite worried about it.





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When I ejaculate I see my semens looks not too white and watery, what maybe wrong with me





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In the last two week, I have noticed that my semen has yellow lumps (sometimes more fluid others chunkier) but after more than 3 months not having any sexual contact, I do not think that it is a STD. It is still worrying.





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when i ejaculate my sperm is still the same consistancy as usual but i have noticed that some yellow and red liquid/jelly like stuff is coming out with it. no pain what so ever. has slightly worried me a bit and am rather intrigued to find out what it is.





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My boyfriend's semen has this clear, crystal gel texture. Is that normal?





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My semen has jelly like lumps in it, is this anything to worry about?





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I have regular sex with my girlfriend on a daily basis but as she is not around tonite I masterbated and I noticed that my sperm was really thick and like a jelly texture. We have been having unprotected sex for around 10 months now and have never concieved and I'm worried incase there is something wrong with me. I already have a daughter though so maybe I'm just being paranoid but I don't have any children with my current partner and would like to have them with her so I just want to make sure there is nothing wrong with me or her thanks.





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thats normal,its more then likely that she could be on the pill or she may be infertile

The other day i ejaculated the first shots were white then a load came out a weird yellow /green kind of colour then back to a normal white colour i am still a virgins so I could not have caught a STD, or it might just look a wired colour to me any advice FYI I did urinate 5 minutes before ejaculating





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What if there's a small black thing in our semen? Should we be concern about it?





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