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What is retrograde ejaculation?

Dr Louisa Draper

"Retrograde ejaculation isn’t considered to be a serious problem for most men. It needn’t affect your sex life and you should be able to reach orgasm normally. The only difference is that you won’t produce much (if any) semen."

Dr Louisa Draper

When men ejaculate, their semen comes out of the tip of the penis. To stop the semen travelling backwards into the bladder, a tiny circular muscle (sphincter) closes off the opening to the bladder at the point of ejaculation. If this sphincter isn’t working as well as it should, this can lead to retrograde ejaculation, where the semen travels backwards into the bladder.

Retrograde ejaculation isn’t considered to be a serious problem for most men. It needn’t affect your sex life and you should be able to reach orgasm normally. The only difference is that you won’t produce much (if any) semen. This is sometimes called ‘dry orgasm’.