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Conditions: Anejaculation

Causes - Anejaculation

Anejaculation occurs when the prostate and seminal ducts fail to release semen into the urethra.  This problem can be due to several causes:

  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Conditions that affect the nervous system (such as Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis, diabetes, spina bifida, etc.)
  • Traumatic injury or infection to the pelvis/groin area
  • Surgical treatment for testicular cancer or other cancers requiring the removal of lymph nodes located in the groin
  • Surgeries that may cause damage to the pelvic area (such as prostate, bladder or abdominal surgery that can damage or traumatize nerves)

Sometimes hormonal and psychological factors can play a role (e.g. anxiety, marital problems, fear of causing pregnancy). It has been found that situational anejaculation can be due to psychological factors such as stress.

Can men who have anejaculation still have children?

Yes, men with anejaculation can still have children. Since men with anejaculation still produce sperm even though they cannot ejaculate semen, medical procedures can induce ejaculation or retrieve sperm in other ways, following which artificial insemination can help the couple conceive.  

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