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Bubbly, Thick Sperm

Published: 17 March 2005
Dear TeenHealthFX,
Why does my sperm sometimes just in a way bubble out of the penis and it is thick?
Signed: Bubbly, Thick Sperm

Dear Bubbly, Thick Sperm,

 

Right after you ejaculate, semen normally is a whitish, cream colored, jell-like substance.  There are components in the semen that gel a little, sort of like water and powdered Jell-O.  For some people this gelling action is quite strong, making the semen appear clumpy or thick.  In general, during the 5 to 30 minute period after ejaculation, the fluid released tends to liquefy or become milkier.  During this time while the semen is becoming milkier, it can even appear to have small chunks in it.  This is normal and is not considered a medical situation that you need treatment for.  If this is not the case and you think you are actually ejaculating lumpy fluid, you may want to consult your doctor to make sure everything is normal.  This is especially true if you are having other symptoms, like burning during urination or discharge from your penis at times other than ejaculation.

 

The actual action of ejaculation is due to rhythmic contraction of muscles in the urethra, vas deferens and pelvic region.  The usual process is a forceful expulsion of semen, but this can vary among individuals, and in general, there is no problem with having an ejaculation that is not all that strong.  However, TeenHealthFX cannot diagnose you over the Internet, so if you are concerned that your semen is coming out too weakly, or it is just sort of seeping out or dripping, you should definitely see your doctor just to make sure that everything is ok.  But, since you describe your sperm as actively "bubbling out," there is probably little reason for concern. 

 

If you cannot talk to your doctor and live in Northern New Jersey, please call the Adolescent/Young Adult Center for Health in Morristown at (973) 971.6475.  If you live outside of Northern New Jersey, please call your local teen health center or Planned Parenthood. 

Signed: TeenHealthFX

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