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Conditions: Retrograde Ejaculation

Causes - Retrograde Ejaculation

Retrograde ejaculation occurs when semen goes into the bladder instead of leaving the penis during ejaculation. Causes of retrograde ejaculation can include:

  • Damage to the muscles of the bladder or to the nerves that control these muscles due to prostate surgery, some types of bladder surgery, surgery on the discs and vertebrae of the lower spine, among others
  • Nerve damage caused by medical illness, such as diabetes and multiple sclerosis
  • Certain medications, such as alpha-blockers used to treat benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH).
  • Radiation therapy to the pelvic area
  • Side effect of certain medications, including some psychiatric drugs and medications used to treat high blood pressure and prostate enlargement

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