CAUSES OF WATERY SEMEN & POSSIBLE REMEDIES

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Semen is the fluid released through the male urethra during ejaculation. It carries sperm and fluids from the prostate gland and other male reproductive organs. 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.
causes

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

1. 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.
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
2. 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.

3. 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.

4. 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.

DISCOLORED SEMEN
What does it mean to have discolored semen?

If you notice that your semen is discolored, the color may indicate a health problem.

Pink or reddish brown could mean your prostate is inflamed or bleeding, or there could be bleeding or inflammation in the seminal vesicle(s). The seminal vesicles are a pair of glands that help produce a significant liquid part of semen. These are usually treatable conditions.

Yellow semen could indicate small amounts of urine or unusually high levels of white blood cells in your semen.

Yellowish-green semen could mean you have a prostate infection
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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