Semen retention is the practice of avoiding ejaculation. It is an idea that has been around for thousands of years, and is part of some ancient practices. In recent years, semen retention has seen a growth in popularity for various reasons. GP Dr Roger Henderson looks at the purported benefits of semen retention, the evidence behind it, and how to practise semen retention yourself. Of course, this can be done by abstaining from sexual activity altogether. However, some people who practise semen retention learn to orgasm without ejaculating, also known as dry orgasm.
What to know about dry orgasms
Semen retention: how to orgasm without ejaculation & benefits
For those with penises, orgasm is usually equated with ejaculation. But they're actually separate events, and some people intentionally train themselves to orgasm without ejaculating—a process sometimes known as semen retention. Semen retention is the sexual practice of avoiding ejaculation. Some people do this by abstaining from all sexual activity, but in some traditions including tantric sex , practicing semen retention means learning to have an orgasm without ejaculating, also known as a dry orgasm. The main reason people choose to practice semen retention is so that they can maintain an erection after orgasm, which leaves the opportunity to have multiple orgasms and continue pleasuring a partner, says McDevitt. Typically, the penis undergoes a refractory period after ejaculation in which it can't get hard again, but this doesn't happen after dry orgasms.
Dry Orgasm: Why It Happens and What You Can Do
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Dry orgasm, or orgasmic anejaculation, means that orgasm occurs without ejaculation, so the penis does not release semen as usual. There are several possible causes of a dry orgasm. Some are temporary, but others may be long-lasting or even permanent. Dry orgasms themselves are not a health concern, but the underlying issue may require treatment in some cases. Dry orgasms can take a mental toll if a person feels embarrassed to discuss the issue with a partner.