Discolored semen: What does it mean?
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|
|Yellow||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|
|Yellowish-green||A possible prostate infection|
Last updated: July 17th, 2015