5 Facts About Semen Viscocity Problems

If you have been to a fertility specialist who has determined that your semen has high viscosity, consider these 5 facts about semen viscosity problems to better understand this condition.

First , there is a difference between high viscosity and infertility. It is still possible to conceive children with high semen viscosity, as the causes may be treatable. If they are not, pregnancy can still be achieved.

Secondly, semen viscosity is the liquid flow of semen. Semen should have a gooey, thick consistency to it. After ejaculation, it should take 30 minutes to an hour for your semen to liquefy from its gel-like state.

Third, high semen viscosity causes low sperm mobility. If the semen does not liquefy or remains very thick in consistency, fertilization may be difficult due to the sperm not being able to reach an egg.

Fourth, the cause of high viscosity in semen may be the simple matter of dehydration or an infection in the prostate gland. The prostate gland is responsible for secreting prostate specific antigen, or PSA, which is an enzyme that causes the liquidation of semen. If the prostate gland is infected or swollen, it will have trouble producing enough PSA necessary for semen liquidation. These causes are be resolved by rehydration or the use of antibiotics.

Lastly, if semen viscosity is not responsive to these treatments, there is another way to conceive a child. A doctor will receive a sperm sample and perform what is called a “washing” of the semen from the sperm. The sperm would then be implanted into a woman for fertilization.  

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