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Dry orgasm

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Some men can have an orgasm without ejaculating at all.

This can happen after surgery to the bladder or prostate, or it can happen after radiotherapy to the pelvis. In these cases, something has physically altered the usual flow of semen through the urethra and out the penis.

It can also happen with:

It is best to see your doctor about dry orgasms. You doctor will talk to you, examine you and may ask you to have some tests.

Dry orgasms are not really a problem unless you want to have a child. If this is the case, then you would want to have treatment to correct it. Depending on the cause, effective treatment may be possible.

It is important to remember that dry orgasms are nothing to be embarrassed or shy about. Talking to your partner or a health professional about your concerns can often help to reassure you. Your doctor will also be able to provide more advice about your concerns.

Not sure what to do next?

If you are still concerned about your dry orgasm, why not use healthdirect’s online Symptom Checker to get advice on when to seek medical attention.

The Symptom Checker guides you to the next appropriate healthcare steps, whether it’s self care, talking to a health professional, going to a hospital or calling triple zero (000).

Last reviewed: October 2017

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