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Sperm Cramp In Men: Causes, Prevention And Symptoms

It is quite normal for men to get cramps. It can be due to several reasons, such as stress, anxiety, muscle strains post-workout, overeating, or ...

by Ellen Gilbert

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It is quite normal for men to get cramps. It can be due to several reasons, such as stress, anxiety, muscle strains post-workout, overeating, or digestion. But is there a thing called sperm cramps? Yes, sperm cramps are also common in men, and they can be caused by infections, inflammatory diseases, emotional trauma, or sexually transmitted diseases. Understanding the male reproductive system will help identify the root cause behind the cause of sperm cramps. 

What Is A Sperm Cramp?

A sperm cramp is a discomfort or pain experienced by men in their lower abdominal region or testicles. It is a discomfort or condition that is related to sperm production or ejaculation. Sperm buildup can also cause cramps. Prolonged sexual inactivity leads to a buildup of sperm, which results in pain and cramps.

Sperm Cramp

Also, some hormone-like substances that may cause some people to be sensitive to vaginas. So, releasing sperm into the vagina sometimes can cause cramps. Men experiencing cramps describe it as tightness or spasming, whereas others have mild pain or sharp pain. Often, cramps for men do not last longer and will be gone in 2 hours. 

Even though sperm cramps are common, it is misunderstood as a men’s health issue. Some may not experience harsh discomfort or pain, but some might need help treating it. However, treatment depends on the underlying cause of the problem. One can find relief from cramps through painkillers, regular ejaculation, warm water, and surgery, in severe cases. Also, Kegal exercises help relieve sperm cramps.

What causes sperm cramps?

Various factors may cause sperm cramps. Hormonal changes can lead to sperm cramps, and so can anxiety, stress, depression, and other psychological factors. Dehydration is also another major cause of painful cramps because when the body is dehydrated, the body does not have enough water to produce sufficient amounts of seminal fluid during ejaculation. Other causes include;

  • Hernia

It is the abnormal exit of tissue or an organ, referred to as pain in the testicles. It can cause pressure on the surrounding of the reproductive organs.  

  • Testicular torsion

Testicular torsion occurs when the spermatic cord gets twisted, which cuts off blood flow and results in severe pain and cramps. 

  • Prostatitis

Prostatitis is a condition where bacteria and infection affect the pelvic region. It results in swelling and inflammation of the prostate gland, and if the prostate becomes inflamed during or after sex, it can cause cramping. 

  • Pelvic inflammatory disease

This condition is also called pelvic inflammatory disorder, and it causes damage to the prostate and other parts of the body that play a role in ejaculation. This leads to discomfort in the abdominal area.

  • Emotional trauma

Emotional trauma or psychological problems can cause discomfort or pain during or after intercourse. Past trauma, stress, anxiety, or tension causes one to experience severe cramps.

  • Infection

Any injury or infection to the testicles or surrounding area can cause severe pain or cromaps. Infection and inflammation of the reproductive organs can cause major discomfort and pain.

  • Bowel conditions

Digestive issues or bowel problems can cause cramps during or after sex. Digestive problems can lead to abdominal cramping.

  • Epididymitis

Epididymitis is a condition of pain and swelling in the testicles. Having this condition may cause irritation, pain, or frequent cramps. 

  • Urinary tract infections

Problems with the bladder or urinary system can cause pain and discomfort. Problems in the male reproductive organs are the reason behind feeling pain or cramping in the lower area. 

  • Sexually transmitted infection

Sexually transmitted disease causes discomfort, pain, and cramps. Conditions like gonorrhea and chlamydia lead to inflammation and pain in the genital area. 

  • Varicocele

This is a condition where there is an abnormal enlargement of reproductive organs. It causes inflammation in the back of the testicle, which may lead to abdominal problems. 

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How to prevent sperm cramps? 

You can take preventative measures to ease sperm cramps. The following measures help prevent sperm cramps:

  • Wear supportive underwear.
  • Drinking plenty of water and staying hydrated.
  • Quitting alcohol and tobacco.
  • Addressing emotional concerns.
  • Being less stressed.
  • Having clear communication with your partner.
  • Avoiding excessive ejaculation. 
  • Meditation.
  • Deep breath workouts.
  • Regular ejaculations.
  • Warm baths.

What are the symptoms of sperm cramps? 

The symptoms include pain or discomfort in the lower tummy, penis, testicles, groin, or scrotum, mild cramping or spasms that come and go, severe pain and discomfort during or after ejaculation, and trouble sitting or standing. You should seek medical help if the cramps do not go away or get worse. Also, if there are signs of infection, like burning while urinating or having trouble keeping an erection, ensure you consult the doctor soon. 

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Sperm cramps are common yet misunderstood as a men’s health issue. Most people are not aware of this or why this happens. One can experience severe pain and cramps in the abdominal area, but that usually goes away within 20 minutes, and if it does not, consult the doctor and get medical help. Also, you can prevent sperm cramps by exercising, staying hydrated, managing stress, and having a healthy diet.

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