Why Is My Semen Watery And Clear?

Sperm is present in the fluid called semen which is secreted through the male urethra during the process of ejaculation. Semen is produced by testes which comprise of fluids from other male reproductive organs too. The normal texture of semen is white thick liquid. Various diseased conditions can alter its color and consistency. If semen is watery and clear, then it represents that there are certain fertility issues. The causes of watery and clear semen can be low sperm count, frequent ejaculation, pre-ejaculation or deficiency of zinc. However, it can be a temporary condition of some males without any major illness.

Why Is My Semen Watery And Clear?

Why Is My Semen Watery And Clear?

Semen is a fluid released from the male urethra during ejaculation as a result of sexual arousal at the climax of sexual activity either masturbation or sexual intercourse. The semen is a thick liquid of white color. The semen comprises sperms and fluids that are produced by testes, prostate gland, and other male organs. It carries sperms to the female body when released in the vagina during a sexual intercourse.

The color and consistency may alter due to any medical illness or fertility problems. In some cases, it is a temporary issue without any specific major illness. The causes that can make semen watery and clear are-

Low Sperm Count- when sperm count lowers down in semen, it appears watery and clear. This condition is known as oligospermia. The sperm count in the semen drops below 15 million sperms per milliliter of semen. The causes of low sperm count can be-

  • Ejaculation problems like retrograde ejaculation
  • Anti-sperm antibodies in the body due to affected immune system
  • Any obstruction or any tubal abnormality that carries sperm
  • Any infection including sexually transmitted diseases that cause inflammation of the male reproductive organs
  • Any tumor present in the testicles influencing sperm production
  • Hormonal imbalances that reduce sperm production
  • Swelling of veins in the testicles commonly known as varicocele

Frequent Ejaculation– frequent ejaculations in a day may lead to the release of watery semen. Masturbation many times a day lowers down the quality of semen. Semen becomes watery and clear as a body need some time to produce a healthy amount of semen.

Deficiency Of Zinc– zinc is an important element that is required by the immune system to fight against anti-sperm antibodies. In the deficiency of zinc, the immune system produces anti-sperm antibodies that consider sperms as a foreign body and destroy them.

Pre-Ejaculation– one of the reasons for low sperm count in the semen is the ejaculation of fluid during foreplay. This makes the semen watery as few sperms are released during pre-ejaculation. This affects the sperm count.

When you observe, semen is watery and clear, then contact your physician for advice. He will order you a semen analysis. This test will help the surgeon to assess the following-

  • Sperm count
  • Volume of semen from an ejaculation
  • Sperm Motility
  • Size or shape of the sperm
  • pH of the semen (acidity)
  • Liquefaction time- time needed for semen to change from thick fluid to watery liquid.
  • After the assessment of your medical history, lifestyle, he will perform a physical examination.

The treatment of watery semen depends on its causes. For infection, antibiotic treatment is recommended; hormone therapy is given for hormonal imbalance to treat low sperm count. For varicocele, surgery is the best treatment option. Modification in lifestyle like quitting smoking and alcohol, losing weight, and regular exercise can help to achieve healthy semen.


Semen is a fluid secreted from testes which is a mixture of sperm, fluids of the prostate gland and other male reproductive organs. It is thick and white fluid, released during ejaculation. Fertility issues such as low sperm count, frequent ejaculation, pre-ejaculation and deficiency of zinc can turn semen into a watery and clear fluid.

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Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA
Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA
Written, Edited or Reviewed By: Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA Pain Assist Inc. This article does not provide medical advice. See disclaimer
Last Modified On:April 16, 2019

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