Retrograde ejaculation

Male sexual climax without ejaculation

Symptoms of Retrograde ejaculation

The following features are indicative of Retrograde ejaculation:
  • orgasms in which very little or no semen is ejaculated out of penis (dry orgasms)
  • urine that is cloudy after orgasm because it contains semen
  • inability to get a woman pregnant (male infertility)
It is possible that Retrograde ejaculation shows no physical symptoms and still is present in a patient.

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Common Causes of Retrograde ejaculation

The following are the most common causes of Retrograde ejaculation:
  • diabetes
  • some medicines, including drugs used to treat high blood pressure
  • some mood-altering drugs
  • surgery to treat prostate problems
  • surgery to treat urethra problems
  • autonomic nervous system dysfunction (dysautonomia)
  • transurethral resection of the prostate

Risk Factors for Retrograde ejaculation

The following factors may increase the likelihood of Retrograde ejaculation:
  • diabetes
  • multiple sclerosis
  • prostate surgery
  • bladder surgery
  • certain drugs for high blood pressure
  • mood disorder drugs
  • spinal cord injury

Prevention of Retrograde ejaculation

Yes, it may be possible to prevent Retrograde ejaculation. Prevention may be possible by doing the following:
  • in case of diabetes, maintain good control of blood sugar
  • avoid drugs that can cause this problem

Occurrence of Retrograde ejaculation

Number of Cases

The following are the number of Retrograde ejaculation cases seen each year worldwide:
  • Very common > 10 Million cases

Common Age Group

Retrograde ejaculation most commonly occurs in the following age group:
  • Aged > 50 years

Common Gender

Retrograde ejaculation most commonly occurs in the following gender:
  • Male

Lab Tests and Procedures for Diagnosis of Retrograde ejaculation

The following lab tests and procedures are used to detect Retrograde ejaculation:
  • Physical exam: It include an exam of penis, testicles and rectum
  • Urine test: Sample taken soon after ejaculation will show a large amount of sperm in the urine

Complications of Retrograde ejaculation if untreated

Yes, Retrograde ejaculation causes complications if it is not treated. Below is the list of complications and problems that may arise if Retrograde ejaculation is left untreated:
  • male infertility
  • less pleasurable orgasm due to worries about absent ejaculate

Procedures for Treatment of Retrograde ejaculation

The following procedures are used to treat Retrograde ejaculation:
  • Assisted reproductive technique: To remove sperms from the bladder, processed in the laboratory and used to inseminate the female partner (intrauterine insemination)

Last updated date

This page was last updated on 2/04/2019.
This page provides information for Retrograde ejaculation.

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