Semen is typically whitish-gray in color with a jelly-like texture. This can vary slightly depending on your genes, diet, and overall health. Read to find out what yellow, green, brown, and other colors may mean, when to seek treatment, and more. Your semen is made up of a variety of minerals, proteins, hormones, and enzymes that all contribute to the color and texture of your semen.
Should you be alarmed if your semen suddenly or unexpectedly turns yellow, red, brown, or green? What does it mean when semen changes color? And what can cause semen to change color? Sperm is secreted by the testicles, travels through the epididymis to the vas deferens and then combines with fluids from the seminal vesicles, the prostate, and the bulbourethral and urethral glands before leaving the body. Semen is a mixture of fluid elements from the seminal vesicles, prostate gland, epididymis, and vas deferens. The whitish color is due to the presence of the first four substances listed, which are provided by the prostate gland. A clear secretion is offered by the bulbourethral glands, and the presence of sperm is responsible for cloudiness.
Semen is normally a whitish-gray color. Changes in semen color might be temporary and harmless or a sign of an underlying condition that requires further evaluation. Possible causes, by color, include:. If semen discoloration is a new sign and it continues for more than a week talk to your doctor or see a urologist. Erik P.