Retrograde Ejaculation

Retrograde ejaculation is a condition usually linked to sphincter problems (including those associated with diabetes or the aftermath of surgeries). It can be a side-effect of some drugs.

In retrograde ejaculation, semen is not ejaculated through the urethra, but instead finds its way into the bladder. Drugs such as imipramine or pseudoephedrine can be helpful in this situation. If drugs don’t work, sperm can be collected from your urine, and then used in artificial insemination.

Maintaining good blood sugar control in diabetic men may be helpful in preventing the development of this condition. Avoiding drugs that cause retrograde ejaculation will prevent the condition developing as a result of their use.

If retrograde ejaculation is caused by drugs, discontinuation of the specific drug may resolve the condition. Retrograde ejaculation caused by diabetes or following genitourinary tract surgery may be responsive to the use of epinephrine-like drugs (such as pseudoephedrine or imipramine).