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My Sperm is Like Yellow Jelly: Why?

My sperm is like yellow jelly: why?

This question or similar ones are not uncommon.

In fact, I receive messages like this quite often. Which shows, how many men are experiencing this yellowish clumpy, jell-o like sperm.

For instance, normal semen is usually white or slightly grey. Anything different may worry you about the state of your health.

However, yellow semen isn’t necessarily something to worry about.

Nonetheless, it could be a sign that there is an underlying medical condition.

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So, let’s have a look at what can cause this…

My Sperm is Like Yellow Jelly: Why?

To answer this question “My sperm is like yellow jelly: why?”, here’s a few things that could cause the change of colour.

Nonetheless, this does not replace a proper diagnostic made by a doctor or a urologist.

So, please do consult your doctor, if your sperm doesn’t go back to normal soon enough!


Sometimes, urine can sit in the urethra – aka the tube that carries both urine and sperm out of your body.

Unsurprisingly, when it happens, they can mix and it can make your semen look yellow or yellowish.

This retention of urine can be caused by several factors, among the more common you will find:
  • an enlarged prostate (aka benign prostatic hyperplasia)
  • an infection
  • a urinary tract infection


You may have heard of this term in relation to alcohol abuse.

This condition can turn your skin and the white of your eyes, yellow. Also, it can make your sperm yellow.

Jaundice happens when a pigment known as bilirubin is overly present in the body.

The following things can cause Jaundice:
  • hepatitis and other viruses
  • alcohol use & especially, abuse
  • autoimmune diseases
  • some drugs
  • metabolic defects
  • gallstones
  • gallbladder inflammation
  • pancreatitis
  • pancreatic cancer

Prostate Infection

If your semen is yellow with a slight greenish colour to it, you could have a prostate infection.

This type of infection is the result of bacteria from your urine making its way into your prostate.

Most common symptoms are:
  • difficulty to urinate (pain & high frequency)
  • cloudy looking urine
  • painful ejaculations
  • pain in the penis area, groin, abdomen and sometimes, lower back

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Certain sexually transmitted diseases – STDs – such as chlamydia or gonorrhoea can cause a yellowish discharge that comes from your penis.

So, if you get a discharge + yellowish white semen, you may want to get tested for STDs. (1)

Also, the following symptoms are common when experiencing gonorrhoea or chlamydia:
  • a burning sensation when urinating
  • pain around and inside the penis
  • uncontrollable itching
  • a frequent need to urinate

Warning: If left untreated certain STDs can lead to leukocytospermia (see following). Moreover, if you suspect that your occasional or regular partner is infected, tell her or him ASAP.


Don’t get your panties in a twist over the name of this condition. It’s not a death sentence.

This condition is the result of a high number of white blood cells in semen.

As a result, leukocytospermia (aka pyospermia) can cause your sperm to appear yellow.

Over time, it can lower the quality of your sperm and if left untreated, it can decrease fertility. (2)

Leukocytospermia can be caused by:
  • infections
  • swelling of the groin or penis area
  • a genital infection (e.g. gonorrhoea, herpes or chlamydia)
  • autoimmune diseases
  • a narrowing of the urethra (aka urethra stricture)
  • a lack of regular ejaculations
  • wide or dilated veins around the testes area
  • the use & abuse of tobacco, alcohol and weed
  • other illnesses (hence a visit to the GP is not optional)

Other Factors that Cause Yellow Sperm

Your lifestyle may be behind this change of colour.

For example, alcohol and tobacco can momentarily cause sperm to appear yellow.

Also, men have reported that some foods have caused a change of semen’s colour.

For instance, foods high is sulphur like onions, garlic and chives. Moreover, certain medicines can change the colour of sperm.

If you take any, go see your doc!

My Sperm is Like Yellow Jelly: Why? – Conclusion

My sperm is like yellow jelly: why?

So, as you have seen it, it could be the result of any of the conditions mentioned above.

Nevertheless, this is not an exhaustive list. So, regardless of any similarities you may experience…make an appointment with your doctor or urologist.

Don’t wait until matters get worse. It won’t necessarily happen but IT CAN.

In addition, if it’s been more than a week or two, with no changes, get an appointment ASAP and explain your situation clearly.

In most cases, the treatment prescribed will be antibiotics, anti-inflammatory medication, supplements or surgery.

In others, the underlying condition also will have to be treated (as with Jaundice).

Thus, do not panic, it probably isn’t a big deal but just in case, see your doc!

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This article was written by Michael King.

(1) The Etiology of Male Urethral Discharge in Zimbabwe: Results from the Zimbabwe STI Etiology Study. Rietmeijer CA, Mungati M, Machiha A, Mugurungi O, Kupara V, Rodgers L, Kilmarx PH, Roloff AH, Gonese E, Tippett-Barr BA, Shambira G, Lewis DA, Handsfield HH, Tshimanga M. Sex Transm Dis. 2018.
(2) Treatment of Leukocytospermia in Male Infertility: A Systematic Review. Jae Hung Jung, Myung Ha Kim, Jiye Kim, Soon Koo Baik, Sang-Baek Koh, Hyun Jun Park and Ju Tae Seo. World J Mens Health. 2016.

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