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What can cause orgasm problems in men?

There are several things that can affect a man’s orgasm. These are often associated with ejaculation problems, but not always.

These include:

  • erectile dysfunction
  • retrograde ejaculation
  • premature ejaculation
  • delayed ejaculation
  • anejaculation

For more information about any of these conditions, read about male sexual problems and erectile dysfunction (impotence).

The Sexual Advice Association also has advice on what to do if you have ejaculation problems.

What happens during an orgasm?

Semen is made up of sperm produced in the testicles, as well as fluid from the prostate gland and seminal vesicles (two glands behind a man’s bladder). When a man has an orgasm, he usually ejaculates at the same time. The semen produced is squirted out of the penis (ejaculation).

The male orgasm lasts from just before the semen first spurts out until the last semen is ejaculated. Occasionally, some men experience orgasm without ejaculating (called anejaculation).

Can I increase how much semen I produce?

If there’s no obvious cause for the reduced amount of semen, you may be able to increase it by:

  • stopping smoking – men who smoke have a lower sperm count than non-smokers
  • avoiding sex or masturbation for a few days at a time
  • delaying ejaculation during sex
  • drinking plenty of fluids

Read the answers to more questions about men's health.

Further information


Page last reviewed: 27/11/2014

Next review due: 26/11/2016