Low Semen Volume

  • John P. Mulhall
  • Peter J. Stahl
  • Doron S. Stember


Low semen volume refers to the consistent finding of low volume of ejaculated fluid on semen analysis. This is usually defined as a semen volume consistently less than 1.5 mL. It is important to remember that this semen parameter is highly variable and depends critically upon an appropriate abstinence period of at least 2 days prior to sample collection. Low semen volume (or perceived low semen volume) may be a bothersome symptom for which a man seeks clinical evaluation and treatment, or may be discovered during evaluation for subfertility.


Cystic Fibrosis Transmembrane Conductance Regulator Seminal Vesicle Semen Parameter Ejaculatory Duct Retrograde Ejaculation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • John P. Mulhall
    • 1
  • Peter J. Stahl
    • 2
  • Doron S. Stember
    • 3
  1. 1.Sexual and Reprodictive Medicine Program Department of Surgery Division of Urology, Department of SurgeryMemorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer CenterNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.Department of UrologyColumbia University College of Physicians & SurgeonsNew YorkUSA
  3. 3.Department of UrologyBeth Israel Medical Center Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva UniversityNew YorkUSA

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