Social psychologist and human sexuality expert, Dr. Justin Lehmiller, notes that dry orgasm is a phenomenon where men experience the physical sensation of climax, but don’t actually ejaculate.
One cause is having very frequent sex, as men who have several orgasms in a short time period tend to release less and less semen each time.
While it won’t lead to any serious health issues, it obviously has implications for a couple trying to conceive.
“This is obviously problematic for people who are trying to have children,” Dr. Lehmiller said. “Persistent dry orgasms will make it difficult for them to reproduce.
“So, if you and your partner are trying to get pregnant and you have dry orgasms, it’d be worth seeing a fertility specialist for treatment.”
The condition can also be a sign of an underlying medical problem such as diabetes or a prostate issue.
An enlarged prostate is one possible cause of the issue, as it can cause retrograde ejaculation, where semen is “pushed into the bladder instead of being expelled from the body.”
Retrograde ejaculation occurs when the neck of the bladder doesn’t close during orgasm, allowing semen to flow black through. This can be caused by alpha-blocker medications, such as tamsulosin, which is used to treat conditions such as an enlarged prostate, or bladder surgery.
Men with retrograde ejaculation will pass virtually no semen, but may notice it in their urine afterwards.
Retrograde ejaculation can also be caused by diabetes and some medications, such as treatment for high blood pressure.
It can also cause stress and confusion for the man who doesn’t understand what’s happening.
Dr. Lehmiller says that if you want a child, then dry orgasms could be a problem and men may need to see a fertility specialist for treatment.
However, he also said, “Even if fertility isn’t a concern, you may still want to get checked out by a doctor if this becomes a recurring issue, to ensure that there isn’t some underlying medical condition that needs to be treated.”