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Blood in Semen for 4 weeks

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Posted 14 Aug 2019 at 19:32

Just a little concerned about blood in my semen. I've had three separate prostate examinations that seem to confirm a 'healthy' prostate, had an ultra sound on my kidneys and bladder and this is clear.  I had a PSA test last week so waiting on those results and I'm booked in for a flexible cysoscopy next week. My symptoms are normal coloured semen but toward the end of the 'episode' there is a mix of blood within it?

I had started going to the gym a few weeks ago and wondered if I had overdone it but I have had these symptoms for the best part of a month :( 

Any guidance greatly appreciated.

Thanks

User
Posted 14 Aug 2019 at 19:53

Blood in semen (haematospermi) can be caused by prostate cancer, but it's extremely unlikely unless you have other symptoms. However, it sounds like you are being checked out, which is the right thing to do.

If your gym sessions include weight lifting, that can push your blood pressure very high for a short period, and that could do it. If you are going to do weights, do at least first check you aren't starting with high blood pressure as that will cause the peaks to be even higher.

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Posted 14 Aug 2019 at 20:37

As many of us know from having had prostate biopsies, it can take up to 6 weeks to clear blood out of the prostate once it's leaked into the ducts. However, it's only bright red for a few days after it leaked, and it then turns dark brown (literally, the iron in the leaked blood goes rusty, same as for a scab) for the rest of the time it's being ejected.

So if the blood in your semen is bright red, that means it's leaked recently. If it's gone brown, that means it leaked more than 3 days ago. You might be able to use this to identify what activity is causing this.

Blood in semen more usually comes from the seminal vesicles (which produce the thick white part of the semen) than from the prostate (which produces the clear liquid part of the semen, although prostate tries to mix them together during ejaculation).

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Posted 28 Aug 2019 at 16:25

Thanks for the feedback Dennis - seems like we were pretty much spot on, but it was good to get it fully checked out, and to get your baseline PSA.

However, do be careful with the weights. A bit of blood in semen is not significant, but a similar broken blood vessel in your brain or retina could be much more of an issue.

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User
Posted 14 Aug 2019 at 19:53

Blood in semen (haematospermi) can be caused by prostate cancer, but it's extremely unlikely unless you have other symptoms. However, it sounds like you are being checked out, which is the right thing to do.

If your gym sessions include weight lifting, that can push your blood pressure very high for a short period, and that could do it. If you are going to do weights, do at least first check you aren't starting with high blood pressure as that will cause the peaks to be even higher.

User
Posted 14 Aug 2019 at 20:18

Thanks, I certainly didn't over do it in the gym as such but have been lifting weights but stopped about three weeks ago, it seems to be clearing but it is still there if that makes sense.

Blood pressure is okay 118/83 generally, no pain except for a slight and I mean very slight ache on my left side above my groin after the 'deed' is done. Clears in a couple of hours.

Had a medical 6 weeks before the first episode which involved a prostate exam followed by another two in the last two weeks.

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Posted 14 Aug 2019 at 20:37

As many of us know from having had prostate biopsies, it can take up to 6 weeks to clear blood out of the prostate once it's leaked into the ducts. However, it's only bright red for a few days after it leaked, and it then turns dark brown (literally, the iron in the leaked blood goes rusty, same as for a scab) for the rest of the time it's being ejected.

So if the blood in your semen is bright red, that means it's leaked recently. If it's gone brown, that means it leaked more than 3 days ago. You might be able to use this to identify what activity is causing this.

Blood in semen more usually comes from the seminal vesicles (which produce the thick white part of the semen) than from the prostate (which produces the clear liquid part of the semen, although prostate tries to mix them together during ejaculation).

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Posted 28 Aug 2019 at 14:03

Thought I would follow this up just incase someone else finds themselves in a similar situation. As we all know when any symptoms arise it is a very worrying and anxious time. Very important to follow up immediately, forget about being embarrassed the medical professionals have seen it all before.

I met with a urologist who examined me and booked me in for an ultra sound (see below). I then attended the hospital for a flexible cystoscopy to check my bladder as there were micro traces of blood in my urine. Up until this point I had read quite a bit about this on the internet and had worked myself up about the procedure. I can categorically say that it was nothing worse than slightly uncomfortable and is over in a few minutes. The specialist examined my bladder three times to make sure everything was clear. Don't dread this if it has been recommended it is not painful and is a thorough exam along with the ultra sound. You can follow progress on the screen and observe where your prostrate sits. Fortunately all of this was clear.

I also received my PSA result of 1.01 which I was told was good.

I now have a baseline and will monitor this carefully. I plan to undertake medicals every year to keep track of any changes.

In terms of the haematospermia, this is still happening and the specialist has compared it to a nose bleed. I have put this down to over exerting myself in the gym having done very little excercise over the last 10 years. This 50 year old body takes longer to recover. I hope the above helps.

Thanks

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Posted 28 Aug 2019 at 16:25

Thanks for the feedback Dennis - seems like we were pretty much spot on, but it was good to get it fully checked out, and to get your baseline PSA.

However, do be careful with the weights. A bit of blood in semen is not significant, but a similar broken blood vessel in your brain or retina could be much more of an issue.

User
Posted 28 Aug 2019 at 16:30

Thanks, absolutely. We all think we are still 19 years old at heart and sometimes the body just can't keep up. 

 

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Posted 12 Jan 2022 at 18:14

Just keeping this thread going. I no longer have blood in my semen but I have made a follow up appointment with my urologist. I continue to experience an ache in my left side, just above my groin and below my belly button  that runs almost down to the groin below my stomach (you know the area if you are over 50 and put on a little weight :) ) from left to right. 

The pain/ache feels like wind or a light stitch but only appears about 30 mins after ejaculation but rumbles on for a few days. If I do not have sex it will disappear. I'm drinking lots of water which does seem to help, no problems going to toilet just this ache which isn't painful just uncomfortable at times.

Just wondering if anyone has had something similar, seeing the specialist in 2 weeks and I guess I'll have the full examination again and ultrasound etc.

Thanks for any input.

User
Posted 08 Apr 2022 at 17:30

Hi 

Thanks for posting this information. I have a similar problem with additional symptoms. I am in my late fifties.

In late 2018 I started having blood in semen 75% of time. Saw my urologist he said nothing to worry about.

Continued experiencing this for two years. Had abdominal discomfort, pain during ejaculation and most bothersome was a swelling feeling in lower right pubis area down to testicle after each ejaculation. This would last three to four days after ejacualtion. Very uncomfortable. Couldn’t sit still for long periods of time because of discomfort.

Saw the doctor numerous times in the two years. Doctor said it’s BPH and prostatitis. PSA was low 1.0 to 1.4

He suggested an MRI of prostate more to ease my concerns because I kept inquiring. He didn’t expect the MRI to reveal anything.

Prostate MRI revealed four spots that appeared suspicious. I had a prostate biopsy and was hit 34 times with the needle concentrating on those four suspicious lesions and the 12 random.

No cancer was found.

My symptoms slowly disappeared and I no longer had blood in the semen. It took the full two years to go away though.

Unfortunately the blood in semen came back one week ago after completely disappearing for one full year. The swelling feeling is back and very annoying and uncomfortable.
I have been exercising daily recently and I am doing leg extensions and leg curls.
My new urologist doesn’t see a correlation with exercise when I saw him yesterday, but I disagree. I think it is related. I will continue to monitor and I appreciate this website with posts. 

Thanks

 

 

 
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