Retrograde Ejaculation Treatment in Clearwater, FL
What Is Retrograde Ejaculation?
Retrograde ejaculation—also referred to as a “dry orgasm”—occurs when semen is forced back into the bladder rather than expelled through the penis during orgasm, causing you to ejaculate little to no semen.
Normally, when a man experiences orgasm, the smooth muscle of the bladder neck begins to contract, releasing semen and pushing it down the urethra toward the tip of the penis. A tiny sphincter muscle shuts the opening to the bladder and prevents semen from entering. With retrograde ejaculation, however, either the sphincter does not close, or the bladder neck muscle does not function properly, or fails to contract. Semen seeps up into the bladder rather than being forced through the urethra.
While retrograde ejaculation typically poses no health risks, it can cause male infertility. If you suspect you or your partner may experience retrograde ejaculation, treatment is available to help address the issue. Schedule an appointment with a qualified healthcare practitioner in Clearwater who specializes in retrograde ejaculation treatment. Call (813) 536-3212 or contact Dr. Christopher Van Benschoten online.
Retrograde Ejaculation Causes
Retrograde ejaculation most commonly occurs as a:
- Side effect of certain medications, including medication for an enlarged prostate, high blood pressure, or depression
- Result of nerve damage caused by a condition like diabetes, multiple sclerosis (MS), Parkinson’s disease, or a spinal cord injury
- Result of abdominal, bladder, or prostate surgery
Retrograde ejaculation can sometimes be caused by a blockage, possibly a tumor, which is why seeking care from a medical professional is important. In some cases, conditions like diabetes or MS, previously undiagnosed, are discovered due to nerve damage issues like retrograde ejaculation and can be treated to prevent further damage.
A dry orgasm can also occur due to conditions other than retrograde ejaculation such as radiation therapy to the pelvic area, a prostatectomy, or simply when you have sex multiple times in one day and have used up your body’s supply of semen.
Retrograde Ejaculation Symptoms & Diagnosis
There is usually only one retrograde ejaculation symptom: the absence of ejaculate during orgasm. The normal amount of semen during ejaculation can vary widely, but a teaspoon or maybe a half-teaspoon is about average. Retrograde ejaculation causes a dramatic decrease or a complete absence of semen during orgasm and ejaculation. Retrograde ejaculation pain is unlikely; the bladder simply flushes out the semen at your next urination. You may notice cloudy urine when this occurs.
Diagnosing retrograde ejaculation will require thorough physical examination and a complete medical history, including questions about sexual performance, previous surgeries, health problems and medications you are taking. Tests may be required, including a special urinalysis that detects the presence of sperm in your urine, to confirm retrograde ejaculation.
Treatment for Retrograde Ejaculation
When retrograde ejaculation is due to a side effect of medication, treatment is simple and involves discontinuing the medication or switching to a different medication.
There are medications that may alleviate retrograde ejaculation. If your retrograde ejaculation is related to a mild nerve or muscle problem involving the bladder, pseudoephedrine and imipramine are two classes of drugs prescribed that can improve bladder muscle tone. Roughly 40 percent of men who undergo treatment for retrograde ejaculation see improvement. When medication for retrograde ejaculation is not effective, there are fertility methods that can harvest male sperm to use for fertilizing female eggs.
If you are planning to undergo surgery for your bladder, prostate or in your abdominal area, there are new surgical interventions that can reduce the likelihood of surgery causing you to develop retrograde ejaculation. Talk to your surgeon about retrograde ejaculation prevention. Proper diagnosis and treatment of diabetes and MS is also key to preventing or limiting nerve damage.
When dealing with retrograde ejaculation, it is advised that you seek the guidance of an experienced, professional healthcare provider to diagnose and treat your condition. Request more information today about retrograde ejaculation. Call (813) 536-3212 or contact Dr. Christopher Van Benschoten online.
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