Enough pre-ejaculate (pre cum) to soak through clothes

Men vary in the amount of pre-ejaculate (precum) that they produce. Some seem to make very little and it may or may not visibly release from a man’s urethra at the tip of his penis when he’s feeling sexually aroused. Other men definitely notice a fair amount of pre-ejaculate and it’s not unusual for a man’s pre-ejaculate to soak through his underwear. However, it’s less common for men to produce so much pre-ejaculate that it soaks through several layers of clothing.

And yet, in my 10+ years of working as a sexuality educator and researcher, I’ve spoken with several men who emit so much pre-ejaculate during sexual arousal that they may wear extra layers or underwear or clothing to prevent their dates from noticing their “wetness.”

According to a 2007 article from the Journal of Andrology (“Copious Pre-ejaculation: Small Glands – Major Headaches“), the amount of pre-ejaculate released can vary from as little as a few drops to as much as 5 millileters. This article lists several cases presented by doctors who have encountered patients presenting with large amounts of pre-ejaculate. Some doctors reassured their patients that it was normal to release pre-ejaculate and was nothing to be embarrassed about and nothing requiring treatment. Other doctors whose patients produced so much pre-ejaculate that it soaked through multiple layers of clothing and caused them embarrassment found that when they prescribed their patients certain medications (5-alpha-reductase inhibitors), the patients had a reduction in the amount of pre-ejaculate.

Pre-ejaculate is a normal part of male sexual response and it serves important sexual functions such as lubricating and neutralizing the urethra, making it a “friendly” place through which sperm can travel. However, if you have questions about your pre-ejaculate, or about other personal health issues, please speak with your healthcare provider.

Related MSP Article:
- Precum and Pregnancy: What You Must Know
- Men release less semen as they get older

About Dr. Debby Herbenick

Dr. Debby Herbenick

Dr. Debby Herbenick is a sex researcher at Indiana University, sexual health educator at The Kinsey Institute, columnist, and author of five books about sex and love. Learn more about her work at www.sexualhealth.indiana.edu.

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    Why would a guy want to hide prevent it date from noticing his wetness? ;)

    And then there are the men who don’t wear underwear … :P

  • http://theworldasiseeit.deviantart.com David

    Why would a guy want to hide prevent it date from noticing his wetness? ;)

    And then there are the men who don’t wear underwear … :P