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What Are the Common Causes of Yellow Semen?

Foods that are rich in sulfur, like garlic, can make semen yellowish.
As a man ages, his semen may pick up a yellow tint.
Multivitamins can cause a change in semen color.
Semen is produced in the testes, which are contained in the scrotum.
Eating lots of shallots can cause yellow semen.
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  • Last Modified Date: 25 August 2014
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Discolored sperm, especially yellow sperm, typically raises alarms for a man; however, yellow semen usually has natural and benign causes. It is a common belief among many doctors that yellow sperm is rarely ever a sign of anything permanently damaging to the man or his fertility. In fact, the worst case scenario for a man who experiences a yellow semen color involves only a round of antibiotics. The most common causes of yellow semen are urine, age, diet and infection.

Semen travels through the urethra before exiting the body, and any leftover urine in the area comes out with the sperm. This is very natural and a common occurrence among many men. It is likely to happen more than once, but does not require any action. A sign that the yellow semen was caused by urine is the semen being a very light tint of yellow as opposed to a darker shade of yellow. In most cases, this yellow tint goes unnoticed by a male and his partner.

Semen usually turns a more yellow color as a man becomes older. This change is gradual and typically does not mean that the semen will be yellow with every ejaculation. In most cases, the semen will appear to be more yellow after an older man goes longer stretches without ejaculation; however, this may also happen with a younger man at times. There is usually no need for any action as the sperm is still healthy and viable.

A man’s diet affects the color of his semen as well. Food especially high in sulfur can cause yellow semen. The main kinds of food that contain sulfur and may change semen yellow include chives, onions, shallots and garlic. This also includes medications and multivitamins, which may also cause the semen to turn a light yellow color. It is entirely normal for this to occur, and it is not necessary to discontinue the diet.

Another common cause for yellow semen is infection. This is the first assumption of many men, and most doctors believe it is more likely to be the cause with younger men. Other signs that the yellow semen is a result of infection include greenish tints, a foul odor, and pain in the genital area. The most common infection is epididymitis, which is caused by prostate infection and can be easily cured with a round of antibiotics. Other infections, such as those caused by sexually transmitted diseases (STD) are also typically eliminated with antibiotics.

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anon967136
Post 10

Why is my poo yellow and my semen brown? I did visit a lady of the night in Tijuana recently before these symptoms showed up. Someone please help. I am scared and confused.

anon957921
Post 9

I got yellow sperm the first time after not masturbating for two weeks when I was on vacation when I was 16 years old. At that point I was already masturbating to porn five times a week. I also got it when I abstained from masturbation for over a month when I was 25.

Most guys don't get this and are confused when they hear about it on the internet because 99.9 percent of men don't go without ejaculating for more than three days at most. Sad, but true.

anon946500
Post 8

What antibiotics should I take and are they only prescribed by doctors?

anon359839
Post 7

The author forgot to mention that lemonade will also turn semen yellow. I once drank a glass of lemonade and had intercourse with my girlfriend. She wanted my to put my ejaculation on her breasts so I did. When she saw the color she got very concerned.

anon352849
Post 6

I am 28 years old and my semen is yellow and I feel pain in my genitals. I guess it was an infection. I had in the past, so please how do I get rid of this yellow semen and what antibiotic do I need to take?

anon346737
Post 5

When I drink purple 100 percent grape juice, eat lots of eggs and beets, my semen gets very yellow. When I abstain from grape juice, beets and eggs, it clears up. I was clear for several ejaculations, then I drank grape juice and ate lots of pickled eggs and beets, and my semen is very deep yellow again.

anon332851
Post 4

Very nice article. I also suffered from yellow colored semen quite often. But I have read that if it is not associated with pain, then it could be normal and there is not a problem.

Eviemae
Post 2

I guess a man would be far more likely to notice yellow semen than his partner. I can only imagine all of the alarm bells that might be going off in his head, too.

However, it is important to remember that yellow semen often comes only when a man hasn’t had any…ummm…relief for some time.

My husband actually got an infection from this little issue a few years back, although he did not have yellow semen to accompany it.

He started to have some very frightening and very severe pain in his genital region far beyond what might be expected after a little dry spell.

The doctor actually told us that it was from a sperm cell that had reversed course and swam backward up the urethra, and the cause was going an extended amount of time without…relief.

I was incredibly embarrassed, since I am his wife and all. I kind of felt like it was my fault. I felt even more put on the spot when the doctor asked me if I’d noticed yellow colored semen on the occasions when we had been intimate.

Regardless, a course of antibiotics took care of him without further issue.

nanny3
Post 1

I, myself, have never encountered yellow semen. However, I find that information like this is good to know, and I’ll tell you why. I can also tell you that my husband would agree with this logic one hundred and ten percent, by the way.

If it ever just so happened that I did turn up with a noticeably yellow semen on my body after being intimate with my husband, and didn’t know that it was normal, he might be a very unhappy camper by the time I got finished with him.

I don’t know. Even in the best relationships, something as alarming as yellow semen could make any sane woman question her spouse’s fidelity. At least, it would me.

I might not have handled it too rationally if I hadn’t read this article. But, now I know, so I can deal with the the whole hypothetical, probably won’t ever happen situation with both grace and aplomb.

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