When the penis is in a state of arousal, a small amount of fluid is released from the urethra. This is a normal phenomenon that is inherent in almost all healthy men. With the development of diseases, the consistency and volume of the lubricant change. There is an unpleasant odor, a feeling of pain or burning when urinating or erections. Such a clinical picture requires special attention from a person, since there is a threat to health.
Discharge in men when excited
Arousal discharge in men is called pre-ejaculate. It protrudes from the opening of the urethra at the moment when the guy is excited. The pre-seed is secreted by the bulbourethral and Littre glands, which are located throughout the canal, from the external opening to the bladder neck.
Discharge when aroused in men performs the following functions:
- provide free passage of semen through the urethra;
- kill bacteria;
- moisturize and suppress the acidic environment in the urethra.
The pre-seed can also act as a lubricant during intercourse, but in most cases, the amount allocated will not be enough for this. Pre-ejaculate is one of the components of semen. It enters the semen during ejaculation, mixes with the semen, which allows you to protect the sperm from the acidic environment of the woman's vagina.
Normal amount of mucus
Pre-ejaculate volume directly depends on the guy's degree of arousal. Maximum concentration is achieved with strong sexual desire.The normal amount of liquid is 5 ml.
Some members of the stronger sex are physiologically unable to produce lubrication. The absence of a presemen during erection reduces the ability to conceive.
Healthy precum has the following characteristics:
- lack of smell;
- lack of lumps or inclusions;
- is not unpleasant or painful.
The pre-seed performs a cleansing function, so its consistency can vary. A man may observe clouding of the lubricant upon repeated sexual intercourse, lack of hygiene, or before ejaculation. It will return to normal in 1-2 days. Otherwise, the development of the disease process should be suspected.
Signs of deviation from the norm
Pathological mucus secretions in men differ from healthy ones in color, smell and consistency. They are almost always accompanied by unpleasant sensations.
Symptoms indicating abnormal lubrication:
- the appearance of fluid from the urethra during the day;
- the occurrence of an unpleasant odor;
- pain when urinating;
- excessive mucus production;
- voluntary release of lubricant without sexual arousal;
- presence of third-party inclusions;
- change in consistency too thick or too thin.
These signs are characteristic of pathological processes that indicate the development of diseases.
Unhealthy discharge in men is divided into types:
|Spermatorrhea||Spontaneous leakage of semen without reaching orgasm. The cause of the process is the decreased muscle tone of the vas deferens. Pathology develops due to chronic inflammation|
|Hematorrhea||Release of blood-stained grease. Appears with injuries of the urethral mucosa|
|Leukocytic urethrorrhea||The exudative phase of the inflammatory process resulting from thermal, mechanical, chemical or viral damage to the urethral mucosa|
|Mucopurulent||They consist of a small number of leukocytes, serous fluid and glandular secretions. This mucus is characterized by active formation at night. The man notices the discharge of pus in the morning, and yellow spots can be found on his underwear. Mucopurulent discharge appears when the urethra is damaged by bacteria: Trichomonas, ureamicoplasma, chlamydia|
|Purulent||Includes a large number of leukocytes, urethral epithelium, mucus and serous fluid. They have a thick consistency and an unpleasant odor. They appear in the form of drops with a yellow or greenish tint. Evidence of the development of gonococcal urethritis, which forms against the background of chlamydia and gonorrhea|
The amount of mucus excreted can be either abundant or small. Lean lubrication can be difficult to spot. To do this, you have to put pressure on the urethra so that the liquid comes out of the hole. It dries quickly, forming a film on the membrane of the glans penis. The viscous consistency leads to sticking of the sponges of the urethra.
Causes of pathological discharge
The release of a lubricant that differs from the norm is in most cases caused by sexually transmitted diseases, but there are a number of other conditions.
Sexually transmitted diseases
When pathological discharge with unpleasant symptoms appears, the development of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) should be suspected. Such diseases develop under the influence of unfavorable microflora, which settles on the mucous membrane of the urethra, the external areas and cavities of the genital organs, in the glands.
The prostate gland plays a key role in sperm production. It produces a secret, without which the seminal fluid loses its functionality. With inflammation of the prostate, its production increases.
Men with chronic prostatitis may observe that when excited, a copious amount of lubricant comes out of the urethral opening. This is the secret of the prostate, which has a fairly high similarity to precum.
Excessive discharge during arousal may appear with the development of the following conditions:
- inflammatory processes;
- physical or chemical injury.
The appearance of clear mucus from the urethra can be observed after probing. This fluid is formed as a protective reaction of the body to the resulting microtrauma of the mucosal surface.
An abundant amount of transparent discharge during ejaculation may indicate the development of infertility.
To diagnose pathologies, not only the visual character of the fluid is taken into account, but also its biological composition. A man needs to see a doctor for an examination.
Can a lubricant fertilize
It is a medical proven fact that male lubricant contains negligible sperm count. There is a small chance of getting pregnant if you pass pre-ejaculate during unprotected sex.
The greatest chance of conception in this case occurs in the middle of the cycle, when the woman ovulates and the cervix is open. In other situations, the concentration of male germ cells in the pre-seed will be insufficient. They will quickly die in the vagina, outside the sperm nutrient medium.
The likelihood of conception is much higher with repeated sexual intercourse when the lubricant contains a fairly large amount of sperm.
To prevent unwanted pregnancies, a man is advised to urinate to wash off any remaining semen.