The Lowdown on Cowper’s Gland Fluid
QUESTION: I’m a huge pre-cum fan, and it makes a great natural lube. But I don’t ooze a lot of it, and not all that often. What causes different guys to pre-cum more or less? Is there any way to increase the amount of pre-cum I ooze?
RESPONSE: The truth is that there’s a wide range of how much pre-cum guys ooze while aroused and masturbating, from none ever, to almost a constant fountain for a small number of men. The difference seems to be mostly genetic; however, two things that may influence the production of this wondrous, remarkably clear and slippery fluid are plenty of hydration and spending longer times in high arousal.
“Pre-cum” is technically called “Cowper’s gland fluid,” and it originates from a tiny gland inside your body just behind the back of your scrotum. Cowper’s gland generates this secretion that has a strong alkaline, or basic quality chemically, to neutralize the acidic effect of urine, which passes from the body through the middle of your penis in that same channel, the urethra, from which you ejaculate semen. Pre-cum protects the actual sperm cells in the mix from the leftover acid of urine.
While you are deliciously aroused and masturbating, this process encourages the gland just above that front part of the perineum, (the ridge that runs from in front of your anus to your scrotum) to generate pre-cum, which is a component of semen, as some of it gets added to that complex mix as you ejaculate.
There is nothing wrong with you if you don’t generate much pre-cum or any noticeable pre-cum at all, it’s just an individual difference. For guys who do generate pre-cum, if there’s enough to smear over the head of your penis, it does feel great as a lube. Also, if you’re a moderate producer like me, you may enjoy dabbing a fingertip on a bead of the clear stuff when it emerges onto the tip of your penis and pulling out a nice slimy thread of it to admire. Possibly you even like the taste, as I do: mine is just slightly salty.
Major pre-cum producers are rarer, and sometimes online you’ll see a guy pouring out quite a stream. Something any man can enjoy while you masturbate—big producer or not—is to carefully massage the Cowper’s gland through the muscle right behind your scrotum. For me, this feels incredibly good in itself; it also triggers more pre-cum to be released.
A word of caution: Don’t overdo it, pressing on that gland. I’ve occasionally gotten carried away, and my pre-cum turned a bit pink with blood. NOT a good idea, so be gentle, but do enjoy your playtime, pre-cumming or not!
BRUCE P. GRETHER is the “BateMaster”. Mr. Grether’s lifelong love of penises and masturbation has led him to achieve a level of mastery and understanding of masturbation that is at once unique and extremely rare. He is renowned for both his ability to achieve seemingly endless states of prolonged and intense masturbatory pleasure as well as his skill in passing this knowledge on to his students. Mr. Grether has made it his life’s mission to encourage men to take their practice of masturbation to new levels of personal enrichment and self-discovery.
Mr. Grether is a globally recognized masturbation activist, an accomplished masturbation coach, and a tireless facilitator of masturbation workshops. In 2001 he coined the now popular term “Mindful Masturbation”. He is the author of a best-selling book, The Secret of the Golden Phallus, plus the erotic fantasy novels The Moontusk Chronicles. His website can be found at www.eroticengineering.com.
A note from The Batemaster: I’m honored that the guys at Bateworld have asked me to respond to some questions from male masturbators around the world every week.
Always check with your doctor about any issues you might be experiencing with your sexual organs. Prompt diagnosis and treatment are important. This article’s purpose is to inform and entertain readers and is not a substitute for medical advice or treatment.