06 Aug Low Sperm Count & Watery Semen
Semen is the whitish, thick fluid carrying sperm and prostatic fluids released through the male urethra during ejaculation. But there are several conditions that can change its color and consistency.
It can be a sign of low sperm count and possible infertility. Having said that, ejaculating thin, clear semen may be temporary and without major health consequence.
- Oligospermia: semen containing fewer sperm than normal (< 15 million sperm per milliliter of semen). If there are no sperm in the semen sample, the condition is termed azoospermia. Conditions associated with oligospermia include: varicocele (swelling of veins in the scrotum), sexually transmitted disease, tumors, hormone imbalances, anti-sperm antibodies, etc.
- Frequent ejaculation: may also lead to the production of watery semen. Frequent masturbation may lead to watery quality of semen, but a few hours later, it returns to normal.
Zinc deficiency: Taking zinc sulfate supplements can better counter the effects of anti-sperm antibodies.
4. Pre-ejaculation: This is a very clear fluid and may be mistaken for watery semen.
Mature men have a more viscous and milky semen or sperm compared to younger males.
What to do if you have Clear Watery Semen?
1. Reduce Stress: Excessive stress leads to an imbalance in the hormone levels and a decrease in libido, which leads to a low sperm count. Relaxation techniques will help reduce stress and reverse that process.
2. Weight Control: Men with high body fat or body mass index (BMI) have clear watery semen due to low sperm count. Obesity is also linked to DNA damage in sperm cells, which leads to fertility problems. Therefore, it is important to maintain a healthy weight for couples who are trying to conceive.
3. Safe Sex: STDs, such as Gonorrhea and Chlamydia can cause infertility. Safe sex practices are always recommended universally.
- Exercise: Some exercises can harm a man’s reproductive health. Exercise that increase the testicular temperature may lead to the death of sperm cells – excessive cycling can limit sperm production. Excessive exercising can also lead to a low-quality semen.
5. Quit Smoking: Smoking can damage the DNA of a sperm cell and also reduces the amount of proteins in the body, both of which are essential for sperm production.
6. Reduce Alcohol Intake: Alcohol can decrease the quantity and quality of sperm cells. It is highly recommended to reduce one’s alcohol intake if he is planning to conceive.
7. Get Sufficient Sleep: The brain needs sufficient amount of sleep to function efficiently. It is implicated that lack of sleep may lead to hormone imbalances.
8. Dietary Changes: Switching to healthful foods helps to fix watery semen. Taking foods rich in zinc, selenium, vitamin C, E, and B12 can help improve sperm quality. Taking plenty of fruits help as they are rich in fructose, which is a main component of semen.
Discoloration of Semen:
Presence of other types of discoloration of semen could be concerning, however. Greenish hue may be a sign of prostate infection; red/pink discoloration may be an early sign of malignancy. Seeking medical help is imperative in those circumstances.