Semen is normally a whitish-gray color. It's usually quite thick after ejaculation, but liquefies within 30 minutes.
Changes in the appearance of semen might be temporary and not a health concern. However, sometimes these changes can be a sign of an underlying medical condition that requires further evaluation.
If 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.
|Abnormal semen color or consistency
||Possible medical cause
|Pink or reddish brown
||A recent prostate biopsy or inflammation of or bleeding in the prostate or seminal vesicle — usually benign
||Urine in the semen, jaundice or abnormally high levels of white blood cells (leukocytospermia)
|Excessively slow moving or sticky (hyperviscous)
||Inflammation of the genitourinary tract
||A possible prostate infection
July 17, 2015
- Wein AJ, et al., eds. Male infertility. In: Campbell-Walsh Urology. 10th ed. Philadelphia, Pa.: Saunders Elsevier; 2012. http://wwwclinicalkey.com. Accessed June 26, 2015.
- McPherson RA, et al. Reproductive function and pregnancy. In: Henry's Clinical Diagnosis and Management by Laboratory Methods. 22nd ed. Philadelphia, Pa.: Saunders Elsevier; 2011. http://www.clinicalkey.com. Accessed June 26, 2015.
- Swerdloff RS, et al. Evaluation of male infertility. http://www.uptodate.com/home. Accessed June 26, 2015.
- Weiss BD, et al. Hematospermia. http://www.uptodate.com/home. Accessed June 26, 2015.
- McAninch JW, et al. Symptoms of disorders of the genitourinary tract. In: Smith and Tanagho's General Urology. 18th ed. New York, N.Y.: The McGraw-Hill Companies; 2013. http://www.accessmedicine.com. Accessed June 26, 2015.
- Nippoldt T (expert opinion). Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn. June 29, 2015.