Watery Semen

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What is watery semen ?

The quality of a man’s semen is a good indicator of health. Most men will release a thick, creamy fluid during an orgasm. However, due to various factors, some may ejaculate clear or watery semen. This may indicate several health problems.

How common is watery semen ?

Watery semen is quite common. Please discuss with your doctor for further information.

Symptoms

What are the symptoms of watery semen ?

As the name suggests, the most noticeable symptom of watery semen is semen that’s clear or watery.

There may be some symptoms not listed above. If you have any concerns about a symptom, please consult your doctor.

When should I see my doctor?

If you have any signs or symptoms listed above or have any questions, please consult with your doctor. Everyone’s body acts differently. It is always best to discuss with your doctor what is best for your situation.

Causes

What 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:

  • A varicocele is a swelling of veins from the testicles in the scrotum. It’s a major, but treatable, cause of male infertility.
  • Examples include a sexually transmitted disease such as gonorrhea or another kind of infection that causes inflammation of a reproductive organ, such as epididymitis.
  • 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.

Other potential causes of a low sperm count include:

  • Ejaculation problems, such as retrograde ejaculation
  • Anti-sperm antibodies in your immune system
  • Injuries or other problems with the tubes that carry sperm

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.

Risk factors

What increases my risk for watery semen ?

There are many risk factors for watery semen , such as:

  • Poor diet
  • Frequent masturbation or intercourse
  • Risk factors for low sperm count such as high testicular temperature and tight clothing

Diagnosis & treatment

The information provided is not a substitute for any medical advice. ALWAYS consult with your doctor for more information.

How is watery semen diagnosed?

One of the first tests that will be done is a semen analysis. This is used to check the health of your sperm and semen. The test will check for, among other things:

  • Volume of semen from an ejaculation
  • Liquefaction time, which is the amount of time needed for semen to change from a thick, gel-like fluid to a waterier liquid consistency
  • Acidity
  • Sperm count
  • Sperm motility, the ability of sperm movement
  • Sperm morphology, or the size and shape of the sperm

Your doctor will also ask questions about your medical history and perform a physical exam. You’ll also be asked some lifestyle questions as well, such as about tobacco smoking and alcohol consumption.

Other tests may be necessary if your doctor suspects there are issues with your hormone levels or the physical health of your testicles and neighboring reproductive organs.

How is watery semen treated?

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 & home remedies

What are some lifestyle changes or home remedies that can help me manage watery semen ?

The following lifestyles and home remedies might help you cope with watery semen :

  • 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.

If you have any questions, please consult with your doctor to better understand the best solution for you.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

Review Date: August 24, 2018 | Last Modified: August 24, 2018

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