Is Watery Semen normal or Not?- All you need to know About it

NOTE: This Article is purely for medical knowledge Only!!. Please always contact your Family doctor, if you noticed any signs and symptoms 

Overview of sperm

Normally, semen is a thick, whitish liquid. However, several conditions can change the color and consistency of semen. Watery semen can be a sign of low sperm count, indicating possible fertility problems. Ejaculating thin, clear semen may also be a temporary condition with no serious health concerns
Let's take a look at what semen  is all about;

Most men worry a lot about whether the semen is thin or thick. Interestingly, there is no research to back the idea that the thickness or thinness of semen has something to do with fertility or anything. The standard mean ejaculate volume for testing is 3.7ml, and it's considered normal even if it's below 1.5ml. It means that even a teaspoon of semen is normal in most cases.

It is important to understand that you may notice a substance coming out of your penis when you're sexually excited – it's right at the tip of your penis. This is not semen – it's pre-ejaculate (or precum) produced by the Cowper's gland. The fluid provides lubrication during sexual intercourse. Many people take it as watery semen, but it doesn't always contain sperm.
      • What you eat will also have an impact on the consistency of semen. It means that you will notice watery semen if your diet doesn't contain enough protein or lacks other important nutrients. Protein will help make your semen thick.
      • Moreover, you may notice a change in the thickness of your semen if you ejaculate often. It usually takes a few months for sperms to mature in the testicles, which means that your testicles will not have enough sperms if you masturbate and ejaculate several times each day. The lack of sperm in this case may lead to watery semen.
      • Although it is not always true, a low sperm count may also be the reason behind your watery semen. You need to understand though that several factors can have an impact on your sperm count.
      • If your testicles are being exposed to high temperatures, it will keep your sperms from developing completely. The rise in temperature could be due to your tight clothing.
          Overall, there's no real need to worry about anything if you notice watery sperm or semen. However, you may seek medical advice if your semen is watery and you experience pain when ejaculating. You may consider going to a genitourinary medicine (GUM) clinic to find assistance.

          Causes Watery Semen

          There are several possible causes for watery semen. Most are treatable or preventable. 

          Low semen count:

          One of the most common causes of watery semen is low sperm count. This is also known as oligospermia. If you have low sperm count, it means your semen contains fewer sperm than normal. A sperm count of fewer than 15 million sperm per milliliter of semen is considered below normal.
          Some causes of oligospermia include:
          • Varicocele. A varicocele is a swelling of veins from the testicles in the scrotum. It’s a major, but treatable, cause of male infertility.
          • Infection. Examples include a sexually transmitted disease such as gonorrhea or another kind of infection that causes inflammation of a reproductive organ, such as epididymitis.
          • Tumors. Malignant and benign tumors in the testicles may affect sperm production.
          • Hormone imbalances. Hormones produced in the testicles, pituitary gland, and hypothalamus are all necessary to produce healthy sperm counts. Changes in any of these hormones could affect sperm production. 

          Frequent ejaculation

          Frequent ejaculation may also lead to the production of watery semen. If you masturbate several times a day, the quality of semen after the first ejaculation is likely to become thin and watery. Your body may require at least a few hours to produce a normal, healthy amount of semen.

          Zinc deficiency

          Another possible cause of watery semen is a zinc deficiency. Research has shown that men who have adequate levels of zinc or men who are deficient in zinc and take zinc sulfate supplements can better fight off the effects of anti-sperm antibodies. These antibodies are produced by the immune system, which mistakenly responds to sperm as a foreign body.

          Pre-ejaculation

          If you have semen that appears watery, it’s important to note if some color is present or if it’s clear. Very clear semen may actually be pre-ejaculation fluid that’s released during foreplay. It typically contains few sperm.

          What Changes in Semen to Worry About?

          Like mentioned, watery semen is not always a cause of concern, but there are certain situations when it is a good idea to get in touch with your physician to ensure it's nothing serious.

          A change in smell may indicate problems as well. You will notice a chlorine type smell when you ejaculate, but you may have an infection if the semen smells bad.

          How much semen a person ejaculates varies greatly, but you should have an idea about the volume of semen you usually ejaculate. If you see a decrease in its normal volume, this may be due to a blockage in ejaculatory duct or seminal vesicle.

          If you are noticing a low volume of seminal fluid, this could be due to a condition called retrograde ejaculation. In this condition, your semen flows back into the bladder instead of coming out of your penis. This may happen due to a prostatic infection, diabetes, and certain medications.

          Your semen may become thick if you're feeling dehydrated. It is only a temporary condition though. You may have to worry about thick seminal fluid if it's clumpy as well. It usually happens due to abnormally low testosterone levels. If the condition persists for a couple of weeks, you may consider seeing your doctor.

          You need to understand that semen is off white or white in color. It should turn runny and clear in no more than 30 minutes. If you notice a change in its color, there may be something serious going on here. If your semen is red in color, it usually happens due to prostate problems.

          Sometimes, you will notice brown or bright red semen. It is mainly due to a burst blood vessel in your prostate. Your semen color should return to normal within a couple of days, but if that's not the case, you should visit your doctor because persistent blood in seminal fluid may result from trauma, infection, and even cancer.

          Green or yellow tinged semen usually indicate infections. If you notice a pronounced green or yellow color, it could be due to an STD called gonorrhea. You may need to take antibiotics to treat this infection, so it is important to see your doctor as soon as you can.

          What are the treatment options?

          Watery semen caused by a low sperm count doesn’t necessarily require treatment. Having a low sperm count doesn’t automatically mean you can’t conceive. It may take additional attempts, or you may have something like an infection that has temporarily caused the low sperm count.



          Treatment for infection may include antibiotic therapy. Hormone treatments may be advised if a hormone imbalance is determined to be the cause of your low sperm count. If a varicocele is discovered, surgery can usually treat it safely.

          Lifestyle changes

          In some cases, a change in lifestyle may help boost your sperm count and improve the quality of your semen. Positive changes include:
          • Quit smoking cigarettes.
          • Lose weight if you’re overweight.
          • Reduce your alcohol consumption.
          • Exercise regularly.
          Your doctor may also advise you to abstain from sexual intercourse for a period of time so you ejaculate less frequently. Doing this can help see if it changes the consistency of your semen.

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