Definition of dry orgasm
Dry orgasm occurs when a man reaches sexual climax but doesn’t release (ejaculate) semen — the fluid that carries sperm out of the penis — or releases very little semen.
Dry orgasm usually isn’t harmful, but it can interfere with a man’s ability to father a child.
Causes of dry orgasm
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:
- Bladder cancer
- Blocked sperm duct (ejaculatory duct obstruction)
- Certain medications used to treat high blood pressure, enlarged prostate and mood disorders
- Genetic abnormalities of the reproductive system
- Male hypogonadism (testosterone deficiency)
- Multiple sclerosis
- Open prostatectomy
- Prostate laser surgery
- Radiation therapy
- Retrograde ejaculation
- Seminal vesicle obstruction
- Spinal cord injury
When to see a doctor
In most cases, dry orgasm isn’t harmful. But talk to your doctor about it to be sure your condition isn’t caused by an underlying problem that needs attention. If you have dry orgasms and are attempting to father a child, you may need treatment to get your partner pregnant.