How Is Semen Produced?
As the sperm cells travel through the vas deferens, three different glands release mucous secretions (called the seminal fluid) that combine with the sperm cells to create semen. These three glands often referred to as accessory sex glands, are the bulbourethral glands (also called Cowper’s glands), the prostate gland, and the seminal vesicles.
What Is the Volume Ejaculated?
What Do The Different Semen Colors Mean?
Clear, white, or gray semen is considered “normal” or healthy. The substances primarily responsible for this color are produced by your prostate gland. This includes – citric acid, acid phosphatase, calcium, sodium, zinc, potassium, protein-splitting enzymes, fibrinolysin. Other components are derived from the seminal vesicles, the bulbourethral gland, and the urethral gland.
Yellow or Green Semen
Semen with a pronounced yellow or green color may indicate an infection like the sexually transmitted infection (STI) gonorrhea. If your semen is discolored due to a gonorrhea infection (it may also have a foul smell), treatment with antibiotics prescribed by a doctor will be necessary.
Red or Brown Semen
If your semen has a red or brown appearance, it can be a sign of blood. While this may seem alarming to you, in most instances, blood in your semen (called hematospermia) is usually benign.
When To See A Doctor
However, it’s important to note that the fluid part is not absolutely critical for fertilization, as evidenced by intracytoplasmic sperm injection in which a single sperm is injected into an egg. Of course, if you have any questions or concerns about your semen, please contact your doctor and don’t be embarrassed, this is what they are trained to do.