Semen, also called seminal fluid, is a naturally produced and secreted (ejaculated) fluid from the reproductive system of a male. These secretions include from the developed organs like the testicles, the seminal vesicles and the prostate gland after attaining puberty.
Semen is a jellylike liquid, highly concentrated with sugars and protein. The principal task of this fluid is to carry sperm to the female reproductive system. It also has nutrients to make the sperm healthy.
It is a general perception and belief of individuals that semen and sperm are the same. In fact, semen is the liquid that travels through your urethra to transport sperm, which are, essentially, male reproductive cells.
The seminal fluid is usually defined as being white. Having a tinge of yellow or gray in the semen is okay and considered to be normal. In case the semen color appears to be unusually red or pink, there is a strong suggestion that the seminal fluid is contaminated with blood.
Apart from the sperm that develop in your testicles, secretions from other organs contribute to the makeup of your semen. The contribution of seminal vesicles is invaluable.
They are a pair of small glands located at the rear of the bladder. These tiny glands generate secretions that may account for half of your semen’s composition, and even more.
These discharges are profoundly loaded with the sugar fructose for promoting healthy sperm. This component of secretions is much needed to provide your semen consistency like a jelly. Yet another big part of semen is made of prostate gland secretions.
These discharges help in making the semen useful in defending the sperm against the acidic environment in the female reproductive system. The prostate gland discharge also contains one of the prominent and useful enzymes, called prostate specific antigen (PSA).
Once a man has ejaculated, the semen gets converted into a jellylike fluid. It is widely believed that this occurs because such a consistency makes the semen congenial to a female’s womb. However, the fluid does not stay in this condition. The seminal fluid ultimately returns to a liquefied condition.
The PSA is believed to be instrumental in causing this melting action. The time taken for this melting process to happen varies from more than a few minutes to over half-a-hour. The Cowper’s gland is yet another contributor to the semen composition.
The secretions of this gland give the appearance of a clear usual lubricant. Sometimes, this lubricant is released from the penis, known as pre-cum, before ejaculation happens. The amount of semen that a man expels may be affected by the regularity of his ejaculations.
In case a man has recently indulged in copulation and reached its sexual peak to ejaculate, the quantity of his seminal fluid is likely to be below-average. Contrarily, if a good number of days have elapsed after he had last ejaculated, he is likely to produce the amount of seminal fluid that can be considered above-average.