Why You Should Not Ignore Blood in semen?

Why You Should Not Ignore Blood in semen?

What is blood in the semen?

Seeing blood in your semen can be startling. It’s uncommon, and it rarely signals a serious problem, especially in men under the age of 40. its also known as hematospermia.

Causes of Blood in the Semen


Inflammation of the seminal vesiclesis a common cause of bloody semen. Inflammation of any gland, duct, tube, or organ involved in the male genitals can cause blood in your semen. This includes:

  • Prostatitis (inflammation of the prostate gland)
  • Epididymitis (inflammation of the epididymis, or the coiled tube in the back of the testicle where sperm is stored), most often caused by a bacterial infection, including sexually transmitted infections (STIs) such as herpes, gonorrhea, or chlamydia. Symptoms include red or swollen scrotum, testicle pain and tenderness on one side, discharge, and painful urination.
  • Urethritis (inflammation of the urethra)

Inflammation can also be caused by irritation from calculi (stones) in the prostate, seminal vesicles, bladder, or urethra.


Just as with inflammation, infections in any gland, duct, tube, or organ involved in the male genitals can cause blood in the semen.

STDs, such as chlamydia, gonorrhea, or herpes, can also cause blood in semen. Infections caused by viruses, bacteria, or fungi can also lead to this condition.


If ducts like the ejaculatory duct are blocked, surrounding blood vessels can dilate and break. If your prostate is enlarged , it can put pressure on your urethra, which can cause bloody semen.


Benign polyps or malignant tumors in the prostate, testicles, epididymis, or seminal vesicles could lead to blood in your semen.

Vascular Abnormalities

Vascular abnormalities in the male genitals, such as vascular cysts, could explain the blood you’ve seen in your semen.

Other Factors

Conditions that affect your whole body can cause blood in your semen. These include hypertension (high blood pressure) and hemophilia (disorder that leads to easy and excessive bleeding).

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