A healthy sperm or semen is usually white in color. However, if the color of a sperm changes to yellow or slightly yellow, or greenish, it may indicate an underlying condition that requires medical attention. Any color of sperm order than white may point to an infection, especially when it is associated with other symptoms.
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Possible Causes of Yellow Sperm
The normal color of your sperm or semen should be white or slightly grayish, mainly due to the presence of proteins in the secretions. However, the color may change due to the following factors:
- Ejaculating After Prolonged Time
A semen may be slightly yellow in color if you have not ejaculated for a long time. This is because the semen stays in the seminal vesicles for protracted time and becomes thick. Apart from being slightly yellow, this semen may appear a bit lumpy.
- Sexually Transmitted Diseases
The semen of a man with sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) like chlamydia or gonorrhea, can be yellow in color. If the change in color is due to these STDs, it would be associated with a burning sensation and foul-smelling sperm while ejaculating.
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Infections is the most common cause of a change in color of your semen. If the foul smell is associated with yellow semen, then it could point to an infection. You may need to take antibiotics to treat the infection.
- Semen Mixed with Urine
Some urine that may be retained inside the urethra can cause the color of a semen to be yellow. When semen passes through the bulbar urethra to exit the penis, it may mix with some urine on its way out, giving it a yellowish appearance with a foul odor and burning sensation when urinating. This retention of urine may be due to a urinary tract infection.
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Foods that are high in sulfur such as onions, chives, and garlic, may cause the color of semen to be yellow. Also, some medications may also cause your semen to turn yellow. These drugs may include multi-vitamins and drugs used to treat tuberculosis.
- Old Age
As a man grows older, the color of his sperm may change to become yellowish. It does not in any way affect a man’s fertility or sexual performance. Moreover, you may not notice yellow color in every ejaculation.
Remedies for yellow sperm
- Take lots of clear fluids
Dehydration may cause the color of your semen to change. Try to consume at least 3 liters daily and include fruit juices in your diet to keep your body well hydrated.
- Avoid Alcohol and Tobacco
Drinking alcohol and tobacco smoking can greatly affect the quality of your sperm. Drinking too much alcohol will fill your body with toxins, some of which will show up in your semen and change its color to yellow.
- Testosterone Boosters
The color of semen may change due to fluctuating levels of testosterone. The levels of testosterone declines with age, which will also impact on the quality of your sperm. Taking testosterone booster will help keep the sperm healthy and white, while also improving libido.
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Other ways to improve the quality of your sperm includes:
- Avoid using laptop with Wi-Fi: According to several studies, excessive use of laptop, especially when connected to Wi-Fi, can reduce sperm quality.
- Avoid excessive coffee: Drinking coffee excessively can lead to genetic changes in your sperm, thereby making it hard for you to impregnate a woman.
- Eat more red fruits and vegetables: Red food that contains lycopene such as tomatoes, strawberries, peppers, and cherries, may helps improve the quality, volume, and mobility of your sperm..
- Get off your bike: Cycling may have certain health benefits, but it can affect the quality and shape of your sperm. Research shows that people who cycle 300km a week may lead to infertility.
- Keep yourself cool: Some studies have shown that hot baths can negatively affect your sperm’s quality. Your sperm stays healthy when the temperature is around 34.5 Celsius degree.