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
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
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
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.