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





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IM 15. I masturbate everyday and since i could ejaculate my cum has always been clear and watery. Should i see a doctor. IM worried as my boyfriend has never seen me cum. HELP





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hi am whales,28yr I get to notice dat my sperm becomes watery after sometime of ejaculation,is it normal pls?.





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I am a 28 year old male and me and my wife r trying to have a baby but I was told my semen is to thick and my sperm can't get out how can I make my semen not so thick? I have a good sperm count but they just can't get out





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I'm 15 just recently I had came for the first time and my semen is a translucent brownish color and it has had me a bit worried is it normal?





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try masturbating for few time for few days , if the result are still same you might have a problem cause i never heard of brownish sperm before .

Hi i am. Girl and after sex with my boyfriend. A went to batyroom to find a lot of brown cum coming out ??? And its from me whats rong





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my superms are getting yellow time by time , please tell me the reason if anyone knows.





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my superms are getting yellow time by time , please tell me the reason if anyone knows.





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