Blood in the semen

Definition

Blood in the semen is called hematospermia. It may be in amounts too small to be seen except with a microscope, or it may be visible in the ejaculation fluid.

Causes

Most of the time, blood in the semen is caused by swelling or infection of the prostate or seminal vesicles. The problem may occur after a prostate biopsy.

Blood in the semen may also be caused by:

Often, the cause of the problem cannot be found.

Depending on the cause, other symptoms that may occur include:

Home Care

The following steps may help ease discomfort from a prostate infection or urinary infection:

When to Contact a Medical Professional

Always call your doctor if you notice any blood in your semen.

What to Expect at Your Office Visit

The health care provider will perform a physical exam and look for signs of:

You may need the following tests:


Review Date: 9/25/2013
Reviewed By: Scott Miller, MD, Urologist in private practice in Atlanta, GA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Bethanne Black, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.

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