If you're under age 40 and see blood in your semen, chances are it will resolve without treatment. However, it's a good idea to make an appointment with your doctor for a physical exam and simple tests to rule out a cause, such as a sexually transmitted infection.
If you have certain risk factors and symptoms, further testing may be necessary to rule out a more serious underlying disorder. Call your doctor about blood in semen if you:
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- Are 40 or older
- Have blood in semen that persists longer than three to four weeks
- Have repeatedly recurring blood in semen
- Have other symptoms, such as painful urination
- Have other risk factors — such as a history of cancer, bleeding disorders, or genital or urinary system malformation — or have recently engaged in behaviors that put you at risk of sexually transmitted infections
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