We are independent & ad-supported. We may earn a commission for purchases made through our links.

Advertiser Disclosure

Our website is an independent, advertising-supported platform. We provide our content free of charge to our readers, and to keep it that way, we rely on revenue generated through advertisements and affiliate partnerships. This means that when you click on certain links on our site and make a purchase, we may earn a commission. Learn more.

How We Make Money

We sustain our operations through affiliate commissions and advertising. If you click on an affiliate link and make a purchase, we may receive a commission from the merchant at no additional cost to you. We also display advertisements on our website, which help generate revenue to support our work and keep our content free for readers. Our editorial team operates independently from our advertising and affiliate partnerships to ensure that our content remains unbiased and focused on providing you with the best information and recommendations based on thorough research and honest evaluations. To remain transparent, we’ve provided a list of our current affiliate partners here.

What Are the Most Common Semen Problems?

By Meshell Powell
Updated May 17, 2024
Our promise to you
WiseGeek is dedicated to creating trustworthy, high-quality content that always prioritizes transparency, integrity, and inclusivity above all else. Our ensure that our content creation and review process includes rigorous fact-checking, evidence-based, and continual updates to ensure accuracy and reliability.

Our Promise to you

Founded in 2002, our company has been a trusted resource for readers seeking informative and engaging content. Our dedication to quality remains unwavering—and will never change. We follow a strict editorial policy, ensuring that our content is authored by highly qualified professionals and edited by subject matter experts. This guarantees that everything we publish is objective, accurate, and trustworthy.

Over the years, we've refined our approach to cover a wide range of topics, providing readers with reliable and practical advice to enhance their knowledge and skills. That's why millions of readers turn to us each year. Join us in celebrating the joy of learning, guided by standards you can trust.

Editorial Standards

At WiseGeek, we are committed to creating content that you can trust. Our editorial process is designed to ensure that every piece of content we publish is accurate, reliable, and informative.

Our team of experienced writers and editors follows a strict set of guidelines to ensure the highest quality content. We conduct thorough research, fact-check all information, and rely on credible sources to back up our claims. Our content is reviewed by subject matter experts to ensure accuracy and clarity.

We believe in transparency and maintain editorial independence from our advertisers. Our team does not receive direct compensation from advertisers, allowing us to create unbiased content that prioritizes your interests.

Semen problems are a chief cause of male infertility and may have a variety of causes. Hormone deficiencies and low sperm counts are the most common types of problems with semen. Genetic problems and blockages can also lead to problems with the sperm or semen. Lifestyle issues such as smoking or testicular exposure to high temperatures often contribute to these issues. Any questions or concerns about specific issues in an individual situation should be discussed with a doctor or other medical professional.

Testosterone is the primary male hormone responsible for sperm and semen health. Low testosterone levels can lead to reduced fertility problems and can normally be treated successfully with hormone replacement therapy. Physical injury to the testicles or any other part of the male reproductive system may also lead to a variety of problems with semen.

Low sperm counts are among the most common types of semen problems. Nicotine and alcohol use can lower the sperm count in some men, as can emotional stress. Other contributing factors may include nutritional deficiencies, obesity, and genetic conditions.

A complete absence of semen may sometimes occur and can be due to an obstruction or a failure of the testicles to produce semen. Testicular failure is the term used for the inability to produce semen. Fertility may be preserved in some cases through the use of in-vitro fertilization or a medical procedure known as testicular extraction of sperm. These two procedures are usually considered more effective when used together instead of separately.

Problems are sometimes caused by a blockage of one or more of the tubes responsible for transporting semen. This can lead to reduced amounts of semen during ejaculation, or semen may be completely absent. These blockages can be caused by a number of factors, including tumors or inflammation due to an infection. Treatment depends on the type of blockage and may involve the use of prescription medications or surgical intervention.

Additional semen problems may be related to medical conditions such as diabetes, kidney disease, or prostate cancer. Some genetic chromosomal disorders may lead to testicular or sperm failure. Frequent contact with environmental contaminants such as chemicals or pesticides may gradually cause problems to develop. If the testicles are exposed to high temperatures on a regular basis, any number of fertility issues may arise. A doctor should be consulted any time that problems related to semen develop so that the patient can be screened for any potentially serious medical conditions.

WiseGeek is dedicated to providing accurate and trustworthy information. We carefully select reputable sources and employ a rigorous fact-checking process to maintain the highest standards. To learn more about our commitment to accuracy, read our editorial process.

Discussion Comments

By bluedolphin — On May 23, 2013

I used to think that if there is a problem with my semen or the sperm in it, I would see symptoms or signs of it. But that's not the case at all.

After five years of marriage and no children, I went to see my doctor and found out that I have infertility. I have a low sperm count in my semen and the sperm that I have are unhealthy and unlikely to fertilize an egg.

I'm getting hormone therapy though, hopefully after treatment, in vitro fertilization will be possible for us.

By stoneMason — On May 22, 2013

@fBoyle-- Have you been masturbating or having intercourse more frequently lately?

More frequent ejaculation is a cause of watery semen. It's not a problem, if you give yourself time between activity, it will go back to normal.

If this is not the case though, you should see your doctor. Your lifestyle, diet and even medications can affect semen quality and quantity. It's good to get checked out just in case.

By fBoyle — On May 21, 2013

My semen has been very watery lately. I have never experienced something like this before. Should I be worried?

WiseGeek, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.

WiseGeek, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.