Blood in the sperm

Blood in the sperm


Blood in the sperm is a complaint that occurs regularly. For 15% of men who suffer from this, it will be a one-off. It may occasionally return to the rest, but it will usually disappear gradually. Sometimes this can take years.

Symptoms of blood in sperm

The sperm is red, or it contains strings (red or brown). Sometimes there are other symptoms of a burning sensation when urinating, pain with orgasm and blood in the urine. It is important to know whether the blood does not come from the partner, for example during menstruation. Therefore, advises you to collect and view the sperm after masturbation in case of doubt. This is possible, for example, on the white background of the sink.

How does blood develop in sperm?

Sperm consists of sperm and fluid. The sperm cells come from the testicles (balls) and are transported via the sperm guides to the prostate. In the prostate gland comes fluid to the sperm, it is then called sperm. Somewhere in this process, blood can get into the sperm.

In most cases, no clear cause is known. Sex or masturbation is not a cause of blood in the sperm. It is possible that a blood vessel has been damaged, which will recover itself. Possible other causes of blood in the sperm:

  • infection of the bijbal (epididymitis)
  • infection of the prostate (prostatitis)
  • infection of the seminal bladder (vesiculitis) Usually there are other complaints, such as – pain when urinating – a burning sensation when urinating – pain when ejaculating – blood in the urine

Rare causes are:

  • internal bruises, for example after a fall
  • malignant diseases

Is it serious and what can you expect?

If you have blood in the sperm and you have no other complaints, it usually disappears by itself. It is therefore not serious. After a number of ejaculations, the sperm should be normal again. Blood in the sperm often does not disappear automatically if you have other symptoms such as:

  • pain when urinating
  • a burning sensation when urinating
  • pain when cumming
  • discharge from the urethra
  • blood in the urine

These complaints may indicate an inflammation of the prostate, seminal bladder or the urethra. This must be treated by the doctor. After treatment, the symptoms usually disappear within a few weeks.

When to the doctor?

Blood in the sperm is a phenomenon that evokes a lot of fear. Yet it usually disappears quickly by itself. There is usually no clear cause. In the following cases it is advisable to go to your doctor:

  • if there is blood in the sperm that has not disappeared after a number of ejaculations
  • if you have additional symptoms, such as – pain when urinating – a burning sensation when urinating – pain when cumming – discharge from the urethra – blood in the urine
  • if you are worried

Your doctor examines you, he looks and feels at the testicles, groin, and penis. Your doctor usually also does a backward internal examination. He feels with one finger in the anus, internally towards the prostate. This research is annoying but rarely painful. Further investigation depends on your complaints and may include:

  • breeding urine
  • breeding sperm
  • a smear of the urethra

If the symptoms persist despite treatment, your doctor will refer you to a urologist. This will do extensive research.

What can you do about it yourself?

It is important to be sure that the blood is not from your partner. You can collect and view your sperm to get more clarity about this. If you have no further complaints, you can decide to wait. In all other cases, it is advisable to go to your doctor.

General advice and precautions

No general advice and precautionary measures can be mentioned.

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