Retrograde ejaculation occurs when semen enters the bladder instead of going out through the urethra during ejaculation.
Retrograde ejaculation is uncommon. The main reason it occurs is that the bladder neck does not close. This causes semen to go backwards into the bladder rather than forward out of the penis.
Retrograde ejaculation may also be caused by:
Some medications, including drugs used to treat high blood pressure (
hypertension) and some mood-altering drugs
Medications or surgery to treat prostate or urethra problems
- Cloudy urine after orgasms
- Little or no semen is released during ejaculation
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Your health care provider may recommend that you stop taking any medicines that may cause retrograde ejaculation. This can make the problem go away.
Retrograde ejaculation that is caused by diabetes or surgery may be treated with medications such as pseudoephedrine or imipramine.
If retrograde ejaculation is caused by medications, stopping the drug will often bring back normal ejaculation. If retrograde ejaculation is caused by surgery or diabetes, it is often not correctable.
The condition may cause
When to Contact a Medical Professional
Call for an appointment with your health care provider if you are having trouble conceiving a child or you are worried about retrograde ejaculation.
Maintaining good blood sugar control may help prevent this condition in men who have diabetes. Avoiding drugs that cause retrograde ejaculation will also prevent this condition.
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