Retrograde ejaculation occurs when semen enters the bladder instead of emerging through the penis during orgasm. Although you still reach sexual climax, you might ejaculate very little or no semen. This is sometimes called a dry orgasm.
Retrograde ejaculation isn't harmful, but it can cause male infertility. Treatment for retrograde ejaculation is generally only needed to restore fertility.
Oct. 26, 2016
- Ferri FF. Ejaculation and orgasm disorders. In: Ferri's Clinical Advisor 2017. Philadelphia, Pa.: Elsevier; 2017. https://www.clinicalkey.com. Accessed Sept. 9, 2016.
- Mehta A, et al. Management of the dry ejaculate: A systematic review of aspermia and retrograde ejaculation. Fertility and Sterility. 2015;104:107.
- Althof HE, et al. Contemporary management of disorders of male orgasm and ejaculation. Urology. 2016;93:9.
- What is infertility? Resolve: The National Infertility Association. http://www.resolve.org/about-infertility/what-is-infertility/frequently-asked-questions-about-infertility.html. Accessed Sept. 15, 2016.
- Ohl DA, et al. Anejaculation and retrograde ejaculation. Urologic Clinics of North America. 2008;35:211.
- Wein AJ, et al., eds. Disorders of male orgasm and ejaculation. In: Campbell-Walsh Urology. 11th ed. Philadelphia, Pa.: Elsevier; 2016. http://www.clinicalkey.com. Accessed Sept. 9, 2016.
- Samplaski MK, et al. Adverse effects of common medications on male fertility. Nature Reviews Urology. 2015;12:401.
- Jefferys A, et al. The management of retrograde ejaculation: A systematic review and update. Fertility and Sterility. 2012;97:306.