Increasing Semen Volume

By Dr Ananya Mandal, MD

Semen is released during ejaculation and the normal semen volume ranges from 2 to 5ml per ejaculate. People have been selling products that are supposed to increase semen volume. This is a myth. On abstaining for a long time the sperm counts within the semen may increase but the semen volume actually does not vary much from before.

What is normal semen volume?

According to a 2010 World Health Organization study, which looked at semen volume across the world, the range of semen volume is between 0.8 milliliters to 7.6 milliliters, and the average is between 3 and 5 milliliters.

This amount changes as the man ages and peak semen volume produced is seen between ages 30-35 and volume being lowest once men reach 55 years and older.

Why do men want to increase semen volume?

Most men associate semen volume with fertility and it has been purported that men who wanted to have more progeny, especially male ones, may have a better chance if they had more semen.

Men feel more masculine if they ejaculated more semen and believe it would increase their and their partner’s sexual pleasure. It is due to these facts that there are dozens of companies that make the wrong claim that their pills can increase the semen volumes.

Semen volume and masculinity

Masculinity is in the brain rather than in the semen. Although porn stars seem to ejaculate more, more semen does not indicate more sexual prowess. In addition, most of what is seen in porn films may be cameral or angle trickery and may not be true at all.

Semen volume and sexual pleasure

Volume of ejaculate is not linked to sexual pleasure either for the male or the female partner. Ejaculation and orgasm is not prolonged if the penis takes longer to release the increased volume of the semen. This claim thus is also false.

Confusion over sperm count and semen volume

Most men mistakenly believe that increased semen volume would mean increased fertility. In fact sperm makes only 1 to 10% of the semen. The proportion of sperm rise with the longer period of abstinence from sexual intercourse or masturbation.

Is it possible to increase semen volume?

There is probably no way to increase semen volume by popping pills. In addition, most men cannot measure their actual semen volume as well. Some physicians suggest that adequate intake of water and fluids may maximize the semen volume but this “increase” will also be within normal limits.

Reviewed by April Cashin-Garbutt, BA Hons (Cantab)

Sources

  1. http://ebooks.cambridge.org/chapter.jsf?bid=CBO9780511997402&cid=CBO9780511997402A009
  2. http://sexuality.about.com/od/malesexualanatomy/a/Increase-Semen-Volume.htm
  3. http://www.netdoctor.co.uk/menshealth/facts/semenandsperm.htm
  4. http://whqlibdoc.who.int/publications/2010/9789241547789_eng.pdf

Further Reading

Last Updated: Jan 31, 2014

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Comments
  1. Ben Ross Ben Ross United States says:

    So this post is basically saying that all the semen enhancing products out on the market today are a scam. I refuse to believe this, I once talked to a pornstar at a convention and he told me that aside from eating healthy, he also took pills. I believe this post is a bunch of BS, where is the proof to this claim, oh that's right, there is none.A bunch of Here say from a doctor that nobodies ever heard of. It's to discourage people from taking products that can improve their personal sex life, most likely also to prevent people from buying certain pills from bad companies that can be harmful to the body, but that doesn't include the ones that actually know their stuff. You're not fooling anyone with this post and you aren't stopping anything.

  2. Matt O'Neil Matt O'Neil United States says:

    "There is probably no way to increase semen volume by popping pills. In addition, most men cannot measure their actual semen volume as well." Umm...popping pills possibly not but I know the longer you wait and if you do "stop and go" you're definitely gunna ejaculate more. No way of measuring? What are beakers for? You could even use measuring spoons. Anyone can measure a liquid. Are you stupid or something?

  3. Dan Meyers Dan Meyers United States says:

    I approached this question two years ago and started my research and experimentation. After a lot of trial and error, I found "Horny Goat Weed" and "Maca" together increased my semen volume about 50%. I dont work for any company and I dont care what brand you buy. Amazon and drugstore dot com have some good reviews of these products. I take one pill of each with food every day.

  4. John Dye John Dye United States says:

    Of course there is scientific evidence (placebo-controlled clinical trials) to support increasing semen volume using nutritional and herbal supplements:  for example:
    * L-carnitine significantly increased the semen volume (P = .001) http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20845296
    * Chinese herbal increased sperm volume by 18%
    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18817353
    *NAC had significant improving effects on the volume...
    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19428083
    * combination of l-arginine aspartate and Pycnogenol (Prelox) Treatment with Prelox increased significantly the semen volume
    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19142978

    • Dexter Morgan Dexter Morgan Canada says:

      I agree. I have been experimenting in this for several years and there is significant increase in volume by diet along. Funny how a female "MD" can make this claim. Well, I use mine every week and there is plenty that will increase volumes and it DOES increase the intensity of an orgasm. Very few "MD" can help with sexual health anyways. Best to collaborate with others online with the same issues and find what works for you.

  5. Edifice MJ Edifice MJ United States says:

    I have learned, practiced, and witnessed that the consumption of fresh nuts and cassava increases the volume of semen. I used to do this during harvest when I was in Africa, and I noticed a large amount of white-n-brown liquid. So, I think the volume can be increased.

  6. Steve Pelovsky Steve Pelovsky United States says:

    Nothing I have ever read discusses the size of the two seminal vesicles that hold the semen in the male body. The amount of semen stored cannot exceed the size of these vesicles. Is there anyway of increasing their size to increase the amount of semen they hold? What about using arthroscopic surgery to either increase their size or implanting larger artificial vesicle(s)?

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