|How much semen is produced?|
The volume of your ejaculate can vary, depending on how well hydrated you are and how many times you've ejaculated within a
short period of time. The average ejaculate measures around a half-teaspoon, though it may reach a little over a teaspoon.
During a single sexual experience, the volume of ejaculate is greatest the first time you cum, and less for each subsequent load.
"Remember the law of diminishing returns," says Franklin Lowe, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.S., associate director of Urology at St.
Luke's/Roosevelt Hospital Center in New York, NY.
In general, volume decreases with age as the prostate enlarges. This does not mean potency necessarily decreases, however.
"The greatest misconception about semen is that the amount of ejaculate fluid is correlated with virility and potency," says Dr.
Lowe. "In fact, sperm count can be normal even in smaller volumes."
Despite anecdotal reports of herbs that can help increase the volume of ejaculate, there is no medically proven way to improve
your volume, notes GayHealth.com's medical director, Dr. Stephen Goldstone.
Does semen have a typical look, smell and taste?
Semen usually appears as an opalescent white fluid that gets clear and runny within minutes after ejaculation. Often, semen has
an odor that resembles chlorine. And the different parts of semen have different tastes. "For example, the component from the
seminal vesicle, which is high in fructose [sugar], will be slightly sweeter than the rest of the fluid," Dr. Lowe explains. That
said, semen characteristics do vary from person to person, month to month. Small changes in color, smell or taste are not
necessarily cause for alarm, adds Dr. Goldstone.