I've noticed that my semen has a yellowish-green tint to it. Should I be concerned about discolored semen?
Answers from Todd B. Nippoldt, M.D.
Semen color and consistency can vary based on several factors, such as age, diet and frequency of ejaculation. However, yellowish-green semen may indicate a prostate infection. Semen is normally a whitish, cloudy fluid. It's usually quite thick just after ejaculation, but liquefies about 20 to 30 minutes later.
Changes in the appearance of semen are usually temporary and not a health concern. However, sometimes these changes can be a sign of an underlying medical condition that requires further evaluation. If these changes persist for longer than a week or two or if the color change is associated with other symptoms such as pain, fever, sexual dysfunction or blood in the urine, see your doctor for an evaluation.
Aug. 03, 2012
|Abnormal semen color or consistency||Possible medical cause
|Yellow, green or gold
||Urine in the semen
|Thick, lumpy or jelly-like
||Male hormone deficiency
|Pink, red or dark brown
||Bleeding from the prostate
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