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Posted by: TA | 2010-09-06

Mucus like discharge

Whenever I get sexually aroused a clear mucus like substance discharges from my penis, other than when I am sexually aroused it never happens and during regular erections it also never happens. What can it be?

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If the mucus-like discharge is from arousal only, this most likely is pre-cum.
Pre-ejaculate ("precum") is a normal secretion of a mucous like material from the paired Cowper glands that empty into a man's proximal urethra. The glands are analogous to the Bartholin glands located at vaginal introitus. The discharge they produce is in response to sexual arousal. The amount of pre-ejaculate varies with each individual but will be greater if one has not been sexually stimulated for a while. The function of a man's pre-ejaculate is to lubricate the urethra & to neutralize any residual acid urine. These actions allowing the semen to be discharged more easily & improve sperm viability. This discharge theoretically does not contain sperm although small amounts could possible leak into it. The Cowper glands gradually become smaller with age and the secretion, likewise, lessens over time. The most accurate way however to test the discharge is to make an appointment with an Urologist. One should also ensure that it is not due to some kind of infection. It is always best to seek professional advice when one is not sure.
You are welcome to phone our helpline – 0860100262 where you could be assisted in finding a practitioner that you could go and see as close as possible to you. You are also welcome to visit our website www.sexualhelath.co.za

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Our users say:
Posted by: Zola | 2010-09-06

It''s called pre-cum and it''s normal

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Posted by: sexologist | 2010-09-06

If the mucus-like discharge is from arousal only, this most likely is pre-cum.
Pre-ejaculate ("precum") is a normal secretion of a mucous like material from the paired Cowper glands that empty into a man's proximal urethra. The glands are analogous to the Bartholin glands located at vaginal introitus. The discharge they produce is in response to sexual arousal. The amount of pre-ejaculate varies with each individual but will be greater if one has not been sexually stimulated for a while. The function of a man's pre-ejaculate is to lubricate the urethra & to neutralize any residual acid urine. These actions allowing the semen to be discharged more easily & improve sperm viability. This discharge theoretically does not contain sperm although small amounts could possible leak into it. The Cowper glands gradually become smaller with age and the secretion, likewise, lessens over time. The most accurate way however to test the discharge is to make an appointment with an Urologist. One should also ensure that it is not due to some kind of infection. It is always best to seek professional advice when one is not sure.
You are welcome to phone our helpline – 0860100262 where you could be assisted in finding a practitioner that you could go and see as close as possible to you. You are also welcome to visit our website www.sexualhelath.co.za

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