Semen Color

Normal healthy semen is whitish or gray. Changes in the semen color indicate an underlying disease. Reddish or pinkish semen suggests the presence of blood in conditions like prostate cancer, prostate surgery, infection, and hypertension. Yellowish semen may be due to jaundice or ejaculation after a long time. Sometimes the yellow color may be because the urine got mixed with semen. Yellow to green-looking semen is due to sexually transmitted infections. The dietary intake dramatically affects the sperm's color.

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My sperm has become yellowish gray. What antibiotic can I use?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 32-year old man with a weight of 60 kg. I noticed for about a month now that my sperm has become yellowish gray. So, I recently went for semen analysis and the result was that I have Staphylococcus epidermidis in my semen. Please, what antibiotic can I use?  Read Full »

Dr. Mukherjee Koushik

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Bacteria in semen may cause decreased quality of sperm in it or bacterial toxin may affect the viability of sperm. But to be sure, the bacterial presence in semen must be confirmed as not from contamination of skin. Staphylococcus epidermidis is a very common bacteri...  Read Full »

My semen color is yellow, and I had difficulty in urination along with pain in the lower abdomen, rectum, or anus. What could be the reason for the yellow semen?

Query: Hello doctor, I faced difficulty in urination ten days ago and consulted a urologist. As my urine flow was reduced, I was advised to have a penis X-ray, which revealed that everything was normal. I have been on Oflin 200 mg two per day and Urimax one per day for the last eight days. However, I still...  Read Full »

Dr. Karthik Rajan

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your query. You appear to have a prostate gland infection, possibly after a UTI (urinary tract infection). The treatment for this is as prescribed by your doctor, which includes antibiotics and Urimax (Tamsulosin hydrochloride), which relaxes the prostate ...  Read Full »

Why is my semen yellow?

Query: Hello doctor, My semen appears yellow on toilet paper, but white on the skin. I even tested the color on a plastic object such as a white plastic fork. It still appears yellow. I have this problem for more than five years, but I have no other symptoms. Please see the pictures and let me know if this...  Read Full »

Dr. Khant Shahil Ramesh Bhai

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have seen the pictures you have attached (attachment removed to protect patient identity), and your semen looks absolutely normal.Get the following tests done to rule out infection:Semen analysis. Semen culture and sensitivity.You do not require any medications at pr...  Read Full »

Does hematospermia cause the appearance of dark red or brown spots in the semen?

Query: Hello doctor,I have a relatively very personal question. In the last few weeks (two weeks), I have noticed I have a little bit of either dark red or dark brown color in my semen. The liquid of the semen has a yellow color, but the jelly parts have dark red or dark brown. I am not sure why this is ha...  Read Full »

Dr. Samer Sameer Juma Ali Altawil

Answer: Hi, Welcome to This is called hematospermia (blood in semen). It is not cancer. It is mostly inflammation of the prostate or seminal vesicles. Less frequent ejaculation can cause infection as semen stasis is there. Investigations required semen for culture and ultrasound of pelvis. ...  Read Full »

Is watery grayish semen indicative of infertility?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 20-year-old, and for a month, my semen is relatively less thick than earlier. Sometimes it is grayish and watery. I used to masturbate frequently. I am now trying to stop it. Please help me with this. I desire to get thick semen. I think thick semen indicates good fertility for m...  Read Full »

Dr. Raveendran S. R

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I can understand your concern. Masturbation is normal. It is just another way of having intercourse without a partner. It is a good practice, helps to calm your mind, and releases happy and stress-busting enzymes. Having two to three times a week is not an issue, mo...  Read Full »

Does change in the color of semen indicate any serious problem?

Query: Hi doctor,I am an 18-year-old male. I have a problem with my semen. It seems to be yellow in color. Does this cause any problem? I have acne for three to four years. Does masturbation cause acne?  Read Full »

Dr. Alexander Davis

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Masturbation cannot cause acne directly. But it can change your hormonal balance and shows its effect on the skin. So it changes the course of acne indirectly. To reduce your skin irritation and inflammation, wash your face with warm water and soap twice a day. The yell...  Read Full »

Why is my semen yellow?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 18 years old. My semen has been yellow for months until now. I do not eat many spices. I do not have pain when I eject. My urine is normal color without any pain. Is that normal, or should I concern more about it?  Read Full »

Dr. Alexander Davis

Answer: Hello, Welcome to There is no reason to be worried. Prostate fluid (many people do not know that 90% of the male ejaculate is prostate fluid, just 10% is semen) may sometimes have a yellowish appearance. As long as you do not have any symptoms, this is considered normal. However, ...  Read Full »

Please suggest treatment for penile itch and discomfort on urination.

Query: Hello doctor, I am 19 years old. I weigh about 70 kg and my height is 5’7". My semen has been yellow color for the past one week and now it seems like it has urine in it (but it has no foul odor). And my penis is quite itching, also sometimes I experience discomfort when urination. I wonder what i...  Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Zubayer Alam

Answer: Hello, Welcome to According to your statement, you are 19 years old sexually active person suffering from discharging of yellowish colored semen, itching of penis and feeling of discomfort during urination and all your symptoms indicates STD (sexually transmitted disease). Your STD i...  Read Full »

What causes watery semen?

Query: Hello doctor, I have done a semen analysis today. Though I had not ejaculated for the past five days, still the semen was very watery. It was probably because I was not comfortable with the clinic and it was a forced ejaculation. Please check the reports and suggest the interpretation of the same. I...  Read Full »

Dr. Balakrishnan. R

Answer: Hello, Welcome to How are you doing? The semen sample will not be affected by the condition in which you have collected it or the stressed mental state. As per this report, the semen is not getting liquefied as it is deficient in some enzymes. So, the motility of the sperms is low as...  Read Full »

My ejaculate is strawberry colored after taking red drinks. Is it of concern?

Query: Hi doctor, I drank a lot of strawberry mojitos and they were really dark red drinks. Now, my ejaculate is in strawberry color. It was nice and white in color before the day and there are no other symptoms.  Read Full »

Dr. Karthik Rajan

Answer: Hi, Welcome to It is unlikely for the food or drinks to change the color of your semen directly. The pigments in your urine/urethra can change the color of your semen. The other possibility is blood in the semen, which again without symptoms, is not a cause for concern. I would advis...  Read Full »

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