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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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when i ejaculate the sperm shoots out very watery also just before i ejaculate sperm starts to dribble out of my penis a second before.





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I'm ejaculating twice a day and now if I ejaculate it's painting and my fluid is watery and after ejaculate some urine leaks automatically and it's painful what can I do for this help me I'm 18





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Hi, I have really thick semen when i ejaculate and it's only ever happened since I had testicular cancer two years ago and this was how I found out I had testicular because I then realised my testical was really hard, my consultant says there is nothing wrong with thick semen and refused me a fertility test, I then went to my doctor and managed to get a fertility test which came back as satisfactory with my sperm count been low at 6 million per ml and the average been 25 million per ml, but my sperm having good mobility, but if my semen is thick I can't see my mobility been good as I have left it for a while to see if it goes watery but it doesn't, please shed some light on this for me as me and my partner are trying for children.





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Im 16 and I had sex with my girlfriend and she was bit a little to hard on my penis and now when I ejaculate I have a very light pain on the tip





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I am a 14 year old boy and my sperm is watery and not sticky please tell me if I have a problem.





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It is because you're still a little men and your body doesn't have to create good sperm yet. Don't worry about it.

The Thing is you don't have a problem only if you mastrrbate like 2 a day

What will happen if men ejaculate twice a day? And i always do it. Im 14





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Alright so me and my gf were having sex the other day and I didn't pull out in time but I didn't bust everything in her just a little and pulled out.. But it made us nervous and it was the 3rd time I had ejaculated in the past 4 hours that day. So do you think that it was very active? Ohh and I jack off around twice a day and have sex around 2-3 times per week and in 18..





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I'm not really sure what to say that man.. Need someone more edu to help

Yes, you should worry. Pulling out before ejaculation is not an effective method of birth control, because there may be sperm in your pre-cum that gets released into her vagina, and then into her cervix. Why are you not using condoms or some other method of birth control? Even if you have ejaculated two or three times before, there will most likely be some sperm in your semen. Sperm actually makes up a small part of the volume. Please be responsible and use birth control.

Hi , I'm 15 and when I ejaculate I get a type of light pain only on the left hand side of my penis , plz help





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I seem to have yellow seaman. On day it was normal and the next it turned yellow help





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Talk to a doctor, you may have an infection. Don't be embarrassed, most men masturbate, even doctors! It is good for you, it keeps the system working.

Hi I am 23 male I masturbated about a week ago and everything was fine. But the next day I masturbate it comes out yellow and watery and its a lot all at once and have had this for about 2 weeks now could I be having urine release during ejaculation and I have no pain nor inflammation, swelling, tenderness or discharge





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