Does watery semen affect fertility? All you need to know.
Semen tends to be thick and white in colour, but men might sometimes find their semen turning watery and less viscous. In this blog post, we share 3 common causes for watery semen, and discuss whether this condition affects fertility. Read on to find out more!
Causes of watery semen
#1: Low sperm count
For the vast majority of men experiencing watery semen, the problem lies in a low sperm count. More specifically, we’re looking at a sperm count of under 15 million sperm per milliliter of semen.
Now, low sperm count occurs for a number of reasons, and you’ll have to pinpoint the underlying reason behind the low sperm count in order to treat it. This might be due to varicocele (swelling of the veins in the scrotum), a sexually transmitted disease such as gonorrhea, tumours in the testicles, hormone imbalances, antisperm antibodies in the immune system, or other factors.
If you think you might have a low sperm count, consult your doctor and think about undergoing a semen analysis.
#2: Frequent ejaculation
Next, watery semen may also come about from frequent ejaculation. According to a study published in the Reproductive Biology and Endocrinology journal, men who ejaculate daily may experience up to 50% less sperm count within just two days. Bearing this in mind, if you’ve been masturbating or having sex with your partner everyday or even several times per day, this could be what’s causing your condition.
#3: Zinc deficiency
Last but not least, zinc deficiencies may also bring about watery semen. Taking zinc supplements helps to increase the semen volume, sperm motility and the percentage of normal sperm morphology in men, so if you suspect that your body doesn’t have sufficient levels of zinc, go ahead and add more zinc to your diet.
Does watery semen affect fertility?
Here’s the big question… if a man produces semen that’s less viscous than normal, does it make it more difficult for him and his partner to get pregnant?
Unfortunately, the answer is yes. While watery semen does NOT indicate outright infertility, it also doesn’t bode well for couples who are trying to conceive.
The good news, though, is that watery semen due to frequent ejaculation or a zinc deficiency is easy to treat, and can be easily reversed. For those who are dealing with an underlying problem of low sperm count, it’s also possible to treat your condition – your best course of action is to speak to your doctor, and get a semen analysis done so that you can figure out what exactly you’re dealing with.