Orgasm and ejaculation go hand-in-hand so often that they may seem like the same thing. But believe it or not, they’re two separate processes—and some men can actually orgasm without ejaculating. These “dry orgasms” aren’t that common, but if you don’t ejaculate like a porn star, that’s not necessarily an issue either. Read on to learn what dry orgasms are like and what it could mean if you’re experiencing them yourself.
Stephen, a 30-year-old from Glasgow, Scotland, said that if he orgasms after already having ejaculated multiple times that same day, often little or nothing will come out. “The volume in each successive [ejaculation] gets lower and lower until eventually it’s either none or very little,” he said. “But it feels for me exactly like any other orgasm.”
If this sounds like you, don’t worry—occasional dry orgasms are not necessarily a cause for concern. According to the Mayo Clinic, what sometimes happens is that, as in Stephen’s case, the body’s semen supply gets depleted from repeated ejaculations— think of it like dry heaving