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PRE-EJACULATION FLUID: COWPER'S GLAND SECRETION

What is this white pre-ejaculation fluid?
Cowper’s gland secretion is essentially that pre-cum, mucus like fluid that emits from the tip of a man’s penis. It is the product of the Cowper’s gland (also known as glandula bulbourethralis), which are two small pea shaped structures located on either side of the man’s urethra and beneath the prostrate gland.

Men generally notice this normal secretion coming out of the tip of their penis when they are excited, but the penis does not necessarily have to be erect. This pre-ejaculation substance contains very little semen and is actually a natural lubricant for the penis. The secretion may, however, contain sperm, which is why the withdrawal method of birth control (withdrawal of the penis prior to ejaculation) is not very effective means of birth control.

What is it for?
Cowper’s secretion is actually a natural part of the body’s preparation for sex. It allows for lubrication for easier intercourse. Some studies also suggest it may generally serve to clean and flush out the urethra to make sure that there is no residual urine that would be harmful to spermatozoa.

What can I do to stop from having too much secretion?
Men who have a heavy flow of secretion might want to try taking an antihistamine as antihistamines contain properties that help dry up or reduce glandular secretions. Men who feel their flow is unusually heavy, however, should consult a doctor.

This glandular flow can sometimes affect your ability to wear a condom. The common complaint is the condom coming off during thrusting. Those who have problems getting a condom to stay on because of their penis’s slickness caused by the secretion might want to consider wearing a smaller condom. A snugger fit can help the condom from moving around too much during intercourse.

Cowper's gland and sex reassignment, an interesting fact:
During sex reassignment surgery (male to female), doctors leave the Cowper’s gland intact so that there is some secretion during arousal. The amount of secretion in these circumstances, however, tends not to be enough to lubricate the new vagina in preparation for sexual intercourse. So, remember to use water-based lubricants.


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