A discharge of a sticky or jelly like substance with a man’s urination or right after can set off the cancer alarm bells.
Prostate cancer is a disease that can cause a variety of symptoms. This cancer may come to mind, but so may testicular cancer.
But what’s really going on with this unsettling discovery in one’s urine or afterward?
“The most common cause of clear jelly after urination is prostate secretions,” says Dana Rice, MD, a board certified urologist and creator of the UTI Tracker mobile app, which helps patients catalogue daily urinary tract symptoms, medication and behavioral patterns, and offers personalized tips for UTI prevention.
Dr. Rice continues, “This is often colloquially referred to as ‘pre-cum.’ The prostate gland and seminal vesicle secretions make up over 60 percent of volume in ejaculate.
“The secretion can be completely normal or may be secondary to infection [such as yeast] or inflammation. I suggest any discharge from the penis be discussed with a physician and sexually transmitted infections (STIs) be ruled out.”
Symptoms of Prostate Cancer
• Trouble with urinating
• Reduced force in the urine stream
• Pelvic discomfort
• Back pain jelly sticky clear discharge
• Blood in semen
• Erectile dysfunction jelly sticky clear discharge
Symptoms of Testicular Cancer
• Lump in a testicle jelly sticky clear discharge
• Enlarged testicle
• Pain in testicle jelly clear sticky discharge
• Heavy feeling or pain in the scrotum
• Sudden fluid collection in the scrotum
• Dull ache in the groin or abdomen
• Back pain
• Tenderness or enlargement of the breasts
For more information on the UTI Tracker, go to utitracker.com.
Dr. Rice is with Inova Medical Group in Fairfax, VA, and her clinical interests include bladder, kidney and prostate cancer, minimally invasive surgery and robotic surgery.
Lorra Garrick has been covering medical, fitness and cybersecurity topics for many years, having written thousands of articles for print magazines and websites, including as a ghostwriter. She’s also a former ACE-certified personal trainer.