Discussions surrounding the sperm’s smell are understandably minimal. The last thing that people want to discuss, especially men, is anything that has to do with their reproductive system. However, some things cannot be postponed any further, lest they result in disaster. A good number of men do not know how the sperm should smell when everything is okay down there. Today, we set the record straight. What are the normal and abnormal smells of sperm? Are there factors that affect this smell?
The normal smell
The natural smell of sperm is chlorine or bleach – pretty much the smell you encounter in swimming pools or laundry rooms. The bleach-like smell is attributed to the presence of ammonia and a couple of other alkaloids present in semen. Surprisingly, 20 percent of people cannot detect this smell, and this explains why they claim that sperm does not have any smell.
If you are suspecting an abnormality with your sperm, look out for a fishy or foul smell. If your sperm is red, brown, green or yellow, something is wrong. It must be an infection in the prostate gland or any other reproductive organ. Drop everything you are doing and see a doctor.
When determining if your sperm is normal or abnormal, the element of time must be factored in because of the following:
- Freshly ejaculated sperms usually has a light, almost unnoticeable smell
- The chlorine or bleach-like smell begins when the sperms starts to dry
- Should the sperms die before they dry out, they generate a pungent smell – powerful odor.
Ways of eliminating sperm smell
- Cigarettes, alcoholic drinks, caffeine and recreational drugs hurt the sperm odor – especially when consumed in excess. Health practitioners recommended complete removal of recreational drugs and tobacco products and a significant reduction in the intake of alcohol and caffeine to bring the smell of sperm to normalcy.
- Ensure that you are adequately hydrated at all times. Dehydration is the number one cause of bad sperm smell. Try and drink at least eight glasses of water every day as it also helps in detoxification. If you have difficulties drinking plain water, fruit juices will come in handy.
- Some strong-smelling herbs and foods are to blame for bad sperm odor. If possible, stay clear of excess onions, garlic, and asparagus.
- Over the years, herbs are known to have a solution for almost every health problems. Besides increasing sex drive and fertility, some herbs are good at improving sperm smell. Some of these sperm cleansing ingredients include parsley, celery, and green tea. Pineapples and oranges are also incredibly useful when it comes to eliminating bad, unpleasant sperm smell.
As explained earlier, men should report abnormalities in sperm to their doctors as soon as possible. Don’t attempt the above four solutions if your case points out to a possible infection. Abnormally smelling sperms is not something you should keep to yourself. There could be a bigger underlying problem that is correctable if reported in time.