Retrograde ejaculation is a condition that occurs when the bladder neck, or internal sphincter, is not functioning properly. A closed bladder neck forces the sperm to flow out the urethra. If the internal sphincter doesn’t close tightly, sperm and semen can either travel out the urethra or slide back into the bladder. The result is an apparently dry orgasm. Retrograde ejaculation causes no harm to the man because the sperm and semen go into the bladder and evacuated the next time the man urinates.
Retrograde ejaculation may be caused by prostate surgery (much less so now than in former years). Retrograde ejaculation may be a side effect of some psychiatric drugs, such as tranquilizers, certain illnesses, and accidents. But infertility can result and there may be changes in the sensations associated with orgasm. Persisten dry orgasms should be medically evaluated.
Fact Sheet Impotence Australia: Raelene Stokes is WA Coordinator for Impotence Australia and she specialises in Men’s Sexual Health. If you would like to make an appointment with Raelene click here.