Discharge from the penis during erection in men: causes, normal discharge

Discharge from a man's genitals can tell about his male health, the presence of diseases of the genitourinary system. Often, discharge is the only or one of the symptoms of a serious illness, so you need to be very careful about them, to observe changes in color, smell, texture, etc.

Discharge from the male genital organ refers to the entire discharge from the urethra, sebaceous and skin glands, prostate ducts and ejaculatory duct.

Depending on the nature of their appearance, they are divided into physiological and pathological.

The latter occur as a result of the development of an infectious, inflammatory or other disease of the prostate, bladder or other organ of the genitourinary system.


In most cases, the clear discharge in men is libidinal or physiological urethra. This is the secret of the transparent color that is secreted by the urethral glands. The secretion flows from the urethra, usually during arousal. The purpose of the secretion is to lubricate the ducts before the passage of semen.

The amount of urethronia secreted may be insignificant or quite abundant. It depends on the period of sexual abstinence, as well as on the individual characteristics of the man. After prolonged abstinence from sexual intercourse, a small amount of sperm may be released along with the urethra, which will change color.

It is worth noting that in the event that the amount of discharge has become greater than usual, it is necessary to consult a doctor, as such a phenomenon may indicate the development of the disease.


Smegma, also called preputial lubricant, is secreted by glands located in the foreskin. The purpose of the secret is to reduce the friction between the glans penis and the foreskin. Smegma stands out constantly. During puberty it may be more, to old age - less.

Smegma is made up of fats and bacteria. It accumulates under the inner layer of the foreskin. If you follow the daily hygiene procedures, the secret is easily washed away.

From this it changes its color from white-transparent to yellow or green. An unpleasant odor appears.


Sperm refers to the physiological secretions from the male genital organ. Sperm is usually a mixture of the secretions of the gonads and the sperm secreted during intercourse or masturbation.

Although men also face involuntary release of sperm, which is called wet dreams. They most often occur in adolescence, when puberty occurs, or during prolonged abstinence.

Involuntary ejaculation occurs at night or in the morning because it is associated with testosterone production.

Natural male secretions also include urine, which can be clear, yellow or light brown in color, and prostate secretions. The specific smell of semen will help to distinguish prostatitis.

The discharge is thick and whitish.

Changes in the amount of discharge, its color and odor, and the appearance of clouds or mucus may be the first symptom of prostatitis or cancer.

Arousal discharge in men is secreted by the gonads.

  • Cooper's glands. They are located above the bulb of the spongy body of the male penis. It is a paired organ with a spherical shape. It is impossible to palpate these glands unless they are inflamed and enlarged. Cooper's glands have secretory ducts that open into the urethra. There they secrete their secret during sexual arousal. This is due to the contraction of the muscles in the perineum.
  • Glands of Littre. Small glands located in the urethra. It is available for both men and women. Designed to moisturize the urethra and maintain an alkaline reaction in it. In some men, these glands are absent, which is not a pathology, as it does not significantly affect sexual and reproductive function.

When aroused, different men secrete different volumes of fluid. It depends on a number of factors:

  • gonadal activity;
  • the age of the man;
  • the degree of sexual arousal;
  • duration of sexual arousal;
  • the duration of abstinence before the planned sexual intercourse.

Some men have no discharge at all. In other members of the stronger sex, up to 5 ml of precum may be observed for a short period of time prior to coitus.

Erection is accompanied by secretion of mucosa before ejaculate, directly by the ejection of sperm, and also in the secretions there may be a small amount of constantly produced secretion produced by the gland to the penis of the glans, smegma.

Physiological norms are determined by the nature and amount of discharge, their physical parameters, as well as the lack of painful and unpleasant sensations in the urethra and the head of the penis.

  • Pre-ejaculate - colorless, transparent, practically odorless and has a medium viscosity in consistency. Disposal is not accompanied by pain, does not cause discomfort and does not interfere with sexual intercourse. The amount of jelly-like mucus directly depends on the degree of arousal, the more lubricant is present before intimacy, the stronger the erection and the brighter the sensation during orgasm.
  • Sperm is a product produced by the gonads and usually begins to be released at the peak of arousal with a full erection. Contains sperm, protein structures, biologically active substances. The color is usually white to milky, the consistency is moderately viscous and has a specific odor. The amount largely depends on the nature of the man's diet, the degree of his sexual activity and the frequency of intimate contact. Sperm are expelled from the urethra during ejaculation and its progression facilitates the presence of lubrication. After ejaculation, the erection weakens and disappears under normal conditions.
  • Smegma is constantly secreted and accumulates in the folds covering the head of the penis, so a small amount of it is contained in all secretions - lubricant, urine and semen of a man. It is a fat-like substance with a whitish tinge, quite thick and dense in appearance. Smegma release is enhanced by wearing tight underwear, infrequent water treatments, and eating errors. This is a habitat and multiplication of bacteria, so it must be removed regularly. With personal hygiene, smegma is almost invisible and does not cause discomfort to men. When upright, it enters the lubricant and semen, changing their color and texture.

Under normal conditions, all ejaculations during an erection are physiological in nature, do not cause discomfort and do not cause concern in men about the appearance, color, odor and quantity. Problems arise when structures with atypical characteristics begin to stand out.

the man is upset by the discharge when aroused

The man can independently assess the degree of correspondence between ejaculation during arousal and the appearance of an erection. The main evaluation criteria are the absence of a sharp unpleasant odor and impurities, transparent or whitish shades, moderate density.

With small deviations from the norm, it should also be borne in mind that the nature of normal discharge depends on the frequency of sexual intercourse, with rare connections, the amount of secretion increases. The norms for the amount of fluid released depend on the degree of arousal and are also determined by individual characteristics.

The spicy smell of an erection does not always indicate a disease. Eating salty, smoked, spicy foods can cause change. The presence of bad habits in men reduces the amount of fluid released during an erection, and also worsens the biochemical and biological parameters.

Parents of adolescents should prepare future men for the fact that at this age will begin nocturnal erections and emissions, which will be accompanied by secretions. This is normal, should not cause concern or fear, and has nothing to do with forbidden human actions.

The volume of fluid that must be released in the excited state of a person is different. The physiology of the body is very influential. Everyone knows their measure if they take care of themselves regularly. But if there is a change in the amount and nature of mucus, it is important to see a doctor. Once you identify the cause in a timely manner, you can really avoid problems. In most cases, such changes signal pathology, although there are exceptions.

If a man has not had sexual intercourse for a long time, the discharge during an erection increases significantly. In addition, they become thicker than usual. And it looks a little weaker. In this case, it is important not to have a yellow tinge and blood elements. The norm of male secretion during arousal must correspond to the following characteristics:

  • transparent watery color;
  • without a pronounced unpleasant odor;
  • medium density.

It is important to keep in mind that such discharge in men is influenced by lifestyle and physical illness. If a gentleman refrains from intimacy with a woman for a long time, it will certainly influence the choice. Bad habits and eating habits are also risk factors. Constant stress and emotional breakdowns lead to a weakening of the immune system and weakness in the body.

Sometimes the discharge from the penis with strong arousal leads to defecation. From a physiological point of view, this is the norm. But the situation should not be common.

A natural reaction to non-compliance with intimate hygiene is the appearance of smegma. This special type of secretion is found in the folds of skin near the head of the male penis. Smegma usually leads to inflammation or infections.

Why mucus forms

Under normal conditions, secretion in men during an erection is associated with the formation and secretion of preejaculate - a clear viscous fluid in small quantities. This has nothing to do with premature ejaculation, and the purpose of the lubricant is to neutralize the acidic environment in the urethra and vagina.

Nature determines the purpose of sexual intercourse is the process of fertilization and certain conditions are required for normal movement and maintenance of sperm. In order to create an optimal environment, a transparent secret is distributed. A small amount of sperm is contained in the preejacula, which must be taken into account to prevent unplanned pregnancy.

Mucus secretion occurs during an erection during foreplay with a partner, with spontaneous night and morning arousal and masturbation. The second purpose of preejaculation is to lubricate the lining of the urethra to facilitate the release and passage of sperm so that the ejaculation process is not accompanied by unpleasant and painful sensations.

Thus, the secretion during erection of a small amount of moderately viscous and completely transparent mucus is absolutely normal, which shows the proper functioning of the genitourinary system and a good level of potency.

Functions of male lubricant

  1. Creating an alkaline reaction in the urethra. Urine is acidic. Like genital fluids, it also passes through the urethra. But the acidic environment is harmful to sperm. Therefore, before sexual intercourse, the preejaculate is secreted into the urethra, which has an alkaline reaction.
  2. Creating an alkaline environment in the vagina. Discharges in men, which are observed during arousal, during sexual intercourse, enter a woman's genital tract. There, male lubrication provides the most favorable conditions for the subsequent passage of sperm.
  3. Facilitates the insertion of the penis into the vagina. The male discharge performs the same function as the female lubricant. It allows you to avoid injuries to the lining of the genital tract during coitus.

Pathological discharge

The man should be warned of the appearance of an unnatural type of discharge:

  • discoloration, the formation of green, yellow, dirty gray shades may indicate the presence of pathogenic bacterial flora;
  • lumps, grit, the appearance of clots in the form of white scales indicates the possible presence of sexually transmitted diseases;
  • blood in the urine or semen is a bad sign and may indicate the presence of injury or cancer progression;
  • impurities of pus absolutely accurately indicate inflammatory processes in the genitourinary system;
  • pain, burning, discomfort, unpleasant odor and itching are found in skin lesions and infections, as well as in violation of basic personal hygiene;
  • increased discomfort during urination is often associated with the development of an extensive inflammatory process.

It is risky to look for the reason for the change in the composition of the discharge from the penis. The man should see a doctor as soon as possible to make a thorough diagnosis and eliminate the source of the problem. It is forbidden to start taking drugs, especially from the group of antibacterial and anti-inflammatory drugs, to eliminate the symptoms.

What if there is too much disposal?

First of all, you need to make sure that this is exactly the preejaculate. The liquid must be:

  • completely transparent;
  • without smell;
  • devoid of impurities of pus and blood.

If the discharge has occurred recently or the number has increased dramatically recently, this may indicate an inflammatory process in the genitals. Do not wait for the appearance of other symptoms - many genital infections have a subclinical course, without significant subjective signs. You should consult a doctor and take a swab from the urethra for sexually transmitted infections.

There are also herbal preparations that show similar activity to the enzyme 5-alpha reductase. The most commonly used extract of dwarf palm tree. There are many drugs in the pharmacy that contain this component.

Can you get an infection?

It is believed that it is possible to be infected with a sexually transmitted infection by a man only if sexual intercourse has ended with ejaculation in the woman's vagina. In fact, some pathogens are found in the highest concentration in semen (for example, HIV). However, most microorganisms live in a man's urethra and are therefore able to penetrate a woman's vagina, even if sexual intercourse has not ended in ejaculation.

Discharge in men, when aroused, also contains cells of infectious agents. First, because they pass through the bacterial urethra. Second, the glands themselves may be involved in the inflammatory process. Littre's glands are almost always affected by gonorrhea. Cooper's glands are also often targeted by pathogenic microorganisms.


The presence of normal discharge during the onset of an erection in men is a kind of indicator of health. It is important to understand the limits of the norm and in case of anxiety deviations to seek medical help in a timely manner. Under no circumstances should you self-medicate.

Is it possible to get pregnant?

You can't get pregnant with male lubricants. It does not contain sperm. Even if it contains single sperm, it will not cause pregnancy. To conceive a child, the biological fluid that a man secretes into the vagina must contain at least 40 million sperm.

The exception is when a man has recently had sexual intercourse. Then some sperm may remain in his genital tract. It can enter the vagina along with the preejaculate, which pushes out the sperm during the next intercourse.

It is also dangerous for a man to disrupt orgasm if he practically does not feel pleasant sensations during ejaculation. In this case, pre-ejaculation can be confused with ejaculate, leading to unwanted pregnancy. The discharge itself in men, which is observed during his sexual arousal before ejaculation, is not dangerous from this point of view.