You’ve probably noticed that your semen is sometimes really sticky but other times it is thin and watery. Sometimes, your ejaculations may shoot several feet whereas other times you just get a tiny sputter. Ejaculation changes so much that it is hard to understand what is normal. What you need to know is that your ejaculation is a sign of your overall health. There is no “normal” ejaculation per se but there is a healthy ejaculation.
The average semen volume is 1.5-10mL per ejaculation. This amounts to 1/3 to 2 teaspoons of semen. Keep in mind that the amount of semen you ejaculate will decline if you have another ejaculation soon after the first. This is because it takes time for your body to produce semen. You will not have your peak semen levels again until about 24 to 36 hours after ejaculating. Note though that your body is not constantly producing semen. If you don’t ejaculate for several days, you will not produce significantly more semen than if you ejaculated after 36 hours.
If you are properly hydrated, have adequate nutrition, and good blood circulation to the penis, you should consistently have semen volumes in this range. If your semen volume is always very low, then you probably are not very healthy and should start making healthy lifestyle changes. If you have ejaculations which are consistently higher than this, then you can feel confident that you are healthy and getting the nutrition you need.
When you ejaculate, your semen will be liquid but immediately start to clump. Then, it will turn into a liquid again about 5-40 minutes later. Experts believe the reason for this is because it helps the semen shoot into the vagina, and then remain in the vagina. Then, the final re-liquefaction helps sperm swim.
The consistency of your semen partially depends on your hydration. Obviously, if you are dehydrated, your semen will be thicker as it contains less water. If you are not hydrated, you will also produce less semen. While hydration is key, the amount of protein in your diet is also important for semen consistency. You should eat foods packed with amino acids like wheat germ for a good semen consistency. Also, foods high in zinc, selenium, and proteins are important.
Shooting distance doesn’t really matter when it comes to fertility or the quality of your ejaculations. However, many men like to be able to shoot their semen large distances just for the impressive factor. A study by the famous sex researcher Alfred Kinsey showed that 75% of men are able to shoot semen so it propels out of the penis. However, only rare males are able to shoot semen further than a couple feet.
While your shooting distance has nothing to do with your sexual capabilities, it can be a sign of your physical health. The distance you can ejaculate partially depends on the strength of your pelvic floor muscles (pubococcygeus muscles). If these muscles are strong, you will be able to shoot further.