Tuesday, 26 November 2019

Zera Without Sperm

Is it forbidden to masturbate if there is no sperm?

by Rav Dovid Morgenstern (See all authors)

Hi, I have an unusual situation: I don’t spill seed when I masturbate because I don’t have a vas deferens: it’s the link between the testes and the penis that brings actual sperm. I just emit white liquid. I actually don’t have a problem staying away from masturbation however, I have struggled with digestive pain and inflammation for many years and masturbation (or sex) release hormones which actually release symptoms. Do you have an halachic perspective if it’s assur for me to masturbate?


Rav Dovid Morgenstern (Talmid Muvhak of Rav Shalom Eliyashiv Zatza"l) responds:

I asked this question a number of times to my Rebbe הגריש"א זצוק"ל and the answer was that even if a person does not have any sperm in his ejaculate, there is no difference if it is due to CAVD or basic failure of the testicle to produce sperm, the prohibition of zera l’vatula still applies. This is for two reasons (1) because a person may not arouse his yetzer hara (2) ejaculate, even without sperm, has a din of zera in this regard.