1 min read

What can cause orgasm problems in men?

Medically reviewed

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 (impotence)
  • retrograde ejaculation
  • premature ejaculation
  • delayed ejaculation
  • anejaculation (orgasm without ejaculating)

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.

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 lower quality sperm than non-smokers
  • avoiding sex or masturbation for a few days at a time
  • delaying ejaculation during sex.
Content supplied byNHS Logonhs.uk
Was this article helpful?

Important: Our website provides useful information but is not a substitute for medical advice. You should always seek the advice of your doctor when making decisions about your health.

What to read next
How to treat a sore penis at home
Keep your penis in good condition by practicing daily hygiene at home and addressing any underlying health issues.
Why is my penis sore?
Masturbation and STIs are just two things that can cause a sore penis. Find out what else can, and when it’s something to worry about
What should I do if my penis is torn?
If you have torn the skin that joins your foreskin to the tip of your penis, you should avoid sexual activity until the tear has healed. Learn about p...