Blood in semen’s probably no biggie, but…
Submitted by: Marc C. Gittelman, M.D.
Submitted on: January 3, 2006
Q: I thought I would faint when I noticed blood in my semen. I called my physician, but he reassured me that it’s not life threatening. There is no blood in my urine and t here are no new mysterious women in my life. What could possibly be going on in my 50-year-old body?
A: Unless you are having incredibly athletic sex or have experience some type of injury or trauma to you pelvis, you are likely bleeding from your prostate into your semen. Although this can be a frightening experience for a man, it is not uncommon and most of the time this is absolutely harmless.
The most common causes include prostatic inflammation, infection, or athletic overexertion. However, one must always be concerned over the possibility of an underlying prostate cancer. The vast majority of patients simply have a small bleed into their prostate that is unrelated to any problem whatsoever, similar to a nosebleed that seems to come out of nowhere.
But if you are experiencing any pain, blood in the urine, or have had any new sexual exposure, then a trip to the doctor’s office is worthwhile. In addition, if you are over 45, a simple prostate exam and an updated blood-work known as a PSA will help to be certain there is no underlying prostate cancer. When it doubt, check it out.