Premature Ejaculation

Definition

Premature ejaculation (PE) is characterized by a lack of voluntary control over ejaculation. Many men occasionally ejaculate sooner than they or their partner would like during sexual activities. PE is a frustrating problem that can reduce the enjoyment of sex, harm relationships and affect quality of life. Occasional instances of PE might not be cause for concern. However, when the problem occurs frequently and causes distress to the man or his partner, treatment may be of benefit.

Risk Factors

There are multiple factors that can increase your risk of experiencing premature ejaculation including:

  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Health problems
  • Stress
  • Serotonin levels
  • Psychological issues

Symptoms

The symptoms of premature ejaculation are not being able to delay ejaculation during sexual intercourse.

Diagnosis

Most times doctors will diagnose you with premature ejaculation after a physical exam and talking with you.  Some of the questions they might ask could include:

  • How often does PE happen?
  • How long has this been a problem for you?
  • Does this happen with multiple partners or just one?

Treatment

There are many different ways to treat premature ejaculation.  Some of these options include psychological therapy, behavioral therapy, medical therapy, or certain drugs.  It is important to talk to you physician to decide what would be the best option for you and your partner.

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