According to the NHS, you may find blood in your semen when you ejaculate, otherwise known as haematospermia.
“The semen may be blood stained, brownish-red in colour or have a pink tinge,” explains the health body.
It is worth nothing that the symptom is usually only temporary and rarely caused by a serious condition, such as high blood pressure, it says.
Common causes of blood in semen include:
- Vesiculitis – inflammation of the glands that produce most of the fluid in ejaculate (the seminal vesicles)
- Seminal vesicle cysts – small, fluid-filled sacs in the seminal vesicles
- Prostatitis – inflammation of the prostate gland, where semen is made
- Recent urological surgery – such as a prostate biopsy, cystoscopy or vasectomy
- Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) – such as genital herpes, chlamydia, gonorrhoea or trichomoniasis
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How to respond
As the NHS explains, a GP will try to determine whether the cause of the blood in your semen is likely to be serious or not.
If it’s established that high blood pressure is the cause, you will be advised to make changes to your lifestyle in order to address it.
Luckily, high blood pressure can be lowered by making simple dietary tweaks.
One of the simplest and most effective countermeasures is to reduce your salt intake.
The British Heart Foundation (BHF) explains: “Eating too much salt may raise your blood pressure, and having high blood pressure increases your risk of developing coronary heart disease.”
According to the BHF, adults should eat less than six grams of salt each day – that’s about one teaspoon.
“This includes the salt that’s contained within ready made foods like bread, as well as the salt you add during cooking and at the table,” it adds.
In the long-term, you should commit to a heart-healthy diet and certain components can have a considerable impact.
According to Heart UK, research shows that a diet low in saturated fat and salt and high in fruit and vegetables, wholegrain foods, and low fat dairy foods can significantly lower blood pressure within two weeks.
“It is rich in nutrients such as potassium, calcium, magnesium and fibre,” explains the health body.
A healthy diet can also help you to lose weight – another important measure for controlling blood pressure.
The NHS explains: “Being overweight forces your heart to work harder to pump blood around your body, which can raise your blood pressure.”