What is Retrograde Ejaculation?
Retrograde ejaculation occurs when semen enters the bladder instead of exiting the penis during orgasm. This condition is also known as “dry orgasm.” While this condition is considered harmless and non-life-threatening, it can cause infertility problems.
What are the Causes for Retrograde Ejaculation?
Retrograde ejaculation can often be caused by medications, damage to the nerves that control ejaculation, or surgical procedures that can weaken the bladder sphincter. Some of the medications that may cause retrograde ejaculation include alpha-blockers, antidepressants, antipsychotics, and certain blood pressure drugs. In some cases, retrograde ejaculation may also be a symptom of an underlying condition, such as diabetes or multiple sclerosis.
What are the Symptoms of Retrograde Ejaculation?
The most common symptom of retrograde ejaculation is the lack of semen during orgasm. Other symptoms may include a decrease in the amount of semen produced, or the semen may appear to be cloudy and discolored.
How is Retrograde Ejaculation Treated?
Treatment for retrograde ejaculation will depend on the underlying cause. In some cases, medications may be prescribed to help reduce the symptoms. If medications are not effective, surgery or other medical procedures may be needed to help improve the condition.
How Does Retrograde Ejaculation Affect Health?
In most cases, retrograde ejaculation is considered harmless and will not have an impact on overall health. However, men who experience this condition may have difficulty getting pregnant because they are unable to ejaculate semen in the normal way. If retrograde ejaculation is not successfully treated, a couple may need to seek an infertility specialist for help with conceiving.
Retrograde ejaculation can be an uncomfortable and embarrassing condition, but treatments are available and can help many men overcome this condition. If you or your partner think you may be experiencing retrograde ejaculation, talk to your doctor for an evaluation and treatment.