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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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Me and my man are trying to have a baby but no luck so far any suggestions.





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I am 26 and me and my man are trying to have a baby but no luck so far any ideas on how to help me get pregnant.





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I been with my bd for 3 yrs and still no baby. He has thick and white sperm. Is there any chance I can get pregnant at 36 still.





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I have gone through my local doctor, seen specialists but to no avail. My semen is yellowish and sparse - previously was whitish and with good volume when younger, now over 60. I have lost the pleasure surge upon ejaculation and also find it difficult to achieve ejaculation, very little pleasure and, in fact, mostly discomfort. I researched the info and thought retrograde ejaculation was the issue but hospital tests came back negative. Love sex in all other aspects, no ED issues at all, rather the other way but pleasure gone. Suggestions?





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What does it mean when your eculate is grey and black? For the past two weeks this has been happening and now my groin area has begun to ache and I have noticed black veins (not blue or dark red, they are back) on my testicles. What is happening?





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i m male 18 and i try not to masturbate but sometimes when i masturbate my sperm comes out white and thick with pressure but after that when i pull out by pressing my dick from down to top rest of it come out in form like jelly type... i dont understand that is that sign of gud health or wht?? But i will really appreciate if people can answer me.. Thanks.





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Iam 18 year old.i often masterbate.my semen is watery. first i used to get whitesh semen but now my semen is all watery.....is that harmful...if harmful what is the cure??





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Me and my girl r trying for a baby but I don't always cum can she still get pregnant





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My semen is white and thick, about one spoonful in amount





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I am elderly but fit. I have an enlarged prostate. I have been to see an endocrinologist and all my parameters seem normal. I rub testosterone into my skin once a day ( 5 % ) With Viagra I can maintain an erection but fail to climax. However if I masturbate I eventually get there. I note my semen has now no smell at all where before it had the distinct scent of Chlorine. Its been a long time since I had a desire " hit " what advice can you give ? do you think I should get a TURP and would this improve things ? Thanks





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