When something moves backward, it is considered to be in retrograde. It’s usually attributed to planets and other celestial bodies, and often mentioned in horoscopes (as in: ‘With Venus in retrograde, your relationships will come under scrutiny around the end of the month’). But to hear retrograde associated with male ejaculation is enough to make any man take notice. Men who practice excellent penis care need to know what retrograde ejaculation is and what it means if they notice it happening to them.

What is retrograde ejaculation?

To understand retrograde ejaculation, it is important to first understand the basics of male ejaculation. The prostate is connected to the seminal vesicles and bladder on one end and the penis on the other. When a man reaches the point of orgasm, the semen goes from the seminal vesicle to the prostate, where it has two options: Go to the penis or the bladder.

In a healthy man, the smooth muscle of the bladder neck closes and the semen goes through the penis. However, sometimes that smooth muscle doesn’t work as it should, so the semen winds up going to the bladder.

What does this mean for a guy? He will notice a dry finish - there will be no male ejaculation, even though he might have the intense feeling of orgasm. Fortunately, it doesn’t hurt at all. But it can be quite troubling.

What causes it?

There are three primary reasons why retrograde ejaculation occurs. Those who have had prostate surgery, or those who are on prostate medication, might see problems like this. So a man who has gone through surgery or takes regular medication has probably been warned that this could happen, and there is nothing to worry about.

The third reason is a bit more troublesome. Diabetes can lead to retrograde ejaculation, especially if blood sugars are uncontrolled. Many men might not know they have diabetes, as the symptoms might be mild, or a man has become so accustomed to them that they no longer notice the issue. A man who has unexplained retrograde ejaculation should always consider diabetes as a possible cause and get checked out by the physician.

There are other causes that are not so typical but could happen to any guy, regardless of age. One of these is a urinary obstruction. Though it is rare, the first sign might be a dry finish. It might also be an early sign of a condition that affects the nerves in the body, such as multiple sclerosis. Again, rather than worry about what it might be, it pays to go to the doctor and get checked out. A good urologist will be able to run the proper tests and provide some answers.

When not to worry

Sometimes a dry finish is nothing to worry about. When a man has engaged in a long sex session with back-to-back orgasms, he might begin to scrape the bottom of the barrel, so to speak: He might simply have passed so much semen that his body is having trouble keeping up and creating more. So the male ejaculation might be very slight, only a few drops, or even nonexistent. It might also begin to hurt a bit, which is a sign that it might be time to lay off the sexual play for an evening.

Ensuring good penis health

One step in good penis care is paying close attention to everything that concerns the penis, including male ejaculation patterns. On a day-to-day basis, regular inspection and care for the penis is recommended; that’s why men should always use a proper penis health crème (health professionals recommend Man 1 Man Oil, which is clinically proven mild and safe for skin) to hydrate, repair and maintain the delicate penis skin. Look for a crème that contains powerful vitamins and nutrients, such as vitamin A for anti-aging, vitamin B5 for cell metabolism and vitamin D for supporting healthy cellular function. Amino acids such as acetyl L carnitine and L-arginine are also good options for maintaining top-notch penis health. Apply it all in a high-end emollient like Shea butter with vitamin E, and a man is well on his way to the best penis health possible.