In younger men, dry orgasm can occur after repeated orgasms. There is a temporary absence of semen, so little or nothing comes out of the penis. This is not a cause for alarm, and generally improves after a few hours of rest.

In some cases of dry orgasm, semen goes into the bladder instead of out through the penis during sexual climax. This is known as retrograde ejaculation and is most often a consequence of medical procedures, particularly prostate surgery. It can also be caused by certain medications and health conditions.

In other cases of dry orgasm, men don't produce enough semen to ejaculate because of genetic abnormalities of the reproductive system.

Underlying causes of dry orgasm include:

  1. Bladder cancer
  2. Blocked sperm duct (ejaculatory duct obstruction)
  3. Certain medications used to treat high blood pressure, enlarged prostate and mood disorders
  4. Diabetes
  5. Genetic abnormalities of the reproductive system
  6. Male hypogonadism (testosterone deficiency)
  7. Multiple sclerosis
  8. Open prostatectomy
  9. Prostate laser surgery
  10. Radiation therapy
  11. Retrograde ejaculation
  12. Seminal vesicle obstruction
  13. Spinal cord injury
  14. TUIP
  15. TUMT
  16. TUNA
  17. TURP

Causes shown here are commonly associated with this symptom. Work with your doctor or other health care professional for an accurate diagnosis.

Aug. 24, 2011