Semen is the fluid that carries sperm which men release through the male urethra during ejaculation. Normally, semen comes thick and whitish. However, many conditions can cause your semen to become watery and discolored.
There are numerous possible reasons a man can have watery semen:
1. Low semen count
Low sperm count is one of the leading causes of watery semen, also called oligospermia. Any man with a low sperm count has few sperm than normal in their semen. Know that a sperm count below 15 million sperm per milliliter is considered below normal.
Conditions that can cause oligospermia or low sperm count include:
- Sexually transmitted disease like gonorrhea
- Tumors in the testicles
- Hormone imbalances in the testicles
- Anti-sperm antibodies in the immune system
- Injuries or other problems in the sperm-carrying tube
- Frequent ejaculation
Another reason a man may have watery semen is frequent ejaculation. This can be caused by masturbating several times daily. No wonder semen quality during the first ejaculation would be okay but will turn thin and watery during the ejaculations that follow. A man’s body usually needs at least a few hours to produce normal, healthy semen in the right amount.
3. Zinc deficiency
When a man does not have enough zinc in their system, their semen can become watery. According to research, zinc sulfate supplements can help combat the effects of anti-sperm antibodies. This can render their sperm thick and healthier. These are antibodies the immune system producesbut unfortunately, it mistakes sperm for a foreign body and fights against it.
If your semen appears watery, check if it has a strange color or it’s clear. If the color is very clear, then it may be pre-ejaculation fluid that usually gets released during foreplay or sexual excitement. Pre-ejaculation comes with a little sperm.
Why do I have discolored semen?
Your discolored semen may be a sign that your health is not okay.
- Pink or reddish-brown semen may be indicating that your prostate is inflamed or bleeding.
- Yellowish-green semen could be a sign of prostate infection.
- Yellow semen could be a sign of small amounts of urine or high amounts of white blood cells in your semen.
What are the treatment options?
When watery semen is caused by a low sperm count, it doesn’t necessarily need treatment. Note that you can still impregnate a woman though you have a low sperm count. An antibiotic therapy, hormone treatments for hormone imbalance, lifestyle changes such as quitting smoking cigarettes, losing weight, reducing alcohol consumption and exercising regularly are all effective ways to treat watery sperm.
Your doctor may also advise that you temporarily abstain from sexual intercourse so that you can ejaculate less frequently.