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Understanding Retrograde Ejaculation

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Dr. Pradeep Aggarwal 94% (311 ratings)
MBBS, PGDUS, Fellowship In Aesthetic Medicine, Advance Course In Diabetes - USA, MD - Medicine
Aesthetic Medicine Specialist, Tilak Nagar  •  10 years experience
Understanding Retrograde Ejaculation

A very uncommon and rare condition, which can occur in case a person is diabetic or has undergone a surgery, a medical disorder known as retrograde ejaculation. It is a condition in which semen enters the bladder rather than going out of the penis after orgasm. This causes a problem as very little or no semen is ejaculated.

That is why this is sometimes also called as 'Dry orgasm'. The only treatment for retrograde ejaculation is to make the male fertile again because retrograde ejaculation is not particularly harmful to the individual. It has the following symptoms:

There are only three main symptoms associated with retrograde ejaculation.

  1. Dry orgasms
  2. Urine that is cloudy immediately after an orgasm
  3. Male infertility

The possible causes of retrograde ejaculation are:

  1. Surgery such as prostate surgery
  2. Certain medications which cause side effects. These medications are usually administered for high blood pressure, prostate enlargement and mood disorders.
  3. Nerve damage

It is worth noting that Dry orgasms have other causes as well, which includes:

  1. Prostatectomy, which is the removal of the prostate by surgery
  2. Cystectomy, which is the removal of the bladder by surgery
  3. Radiation therapy, which is especially used to treat cancer in the pelvic area

Here is how retrograde ejaculation may get more complications

There are only two main complications which occur due to retrograde ejaculation. These include:

  1. Male infertility
  2. Worries about retrograde ejaculation which may lead to less pleasurable orgasms

Treatment for retrograde ejaculation.

It is worth noting that certain medications, which are used to treat retrograde ejaculation can lead to serious complications and others may lead to a higher heart rate and blood pressure.

Medications which are usually used:

  1. Imipramine which is also called Tofranil
  2. Chlorpheniramine and Brompheniramine
  3. Ephedrine, Pseudoephedrine and Phenylephrine

It is also worth noting that the treatment for male infertility is different and more advanced.

Related Tip: "Stress and Premature Ejaculation"

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