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Content updated on Nov 2, 2022

What is hematospermia?

Hematospermia is the presence of grossly bloody or blood-tinged penile ejaculate (semen). Hematospermia is commonly seen after prostate biopsy (lasts for 3-4 weeks), radiation treatment for prostate cancer, genital and urinary cancers, infections, trauma, systemic diseases etc.

Symptoms of hematospermia

  • Blood in the sperm / semen

Questions your doctor may ask to check for hematospermia

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose hematospermia

  • Have you ever had red semen or blood in the semen?

Treatment for hematospermia

Treatment of hematospermia depends on the cause. if related to recent procedures, it usually resolves within a few weeks. Infections require antibiotics, antiviral or antiparasitics. Cancer reruires surgery, chemo and radotherapy. Treatment of systemic diseases if identified is required.

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