Premature ejaculation (PE) is a very common sexual issue. It’s also a deeply troubling problem; premature ejaculation is one of the primary reasons that men seek medical care and couples seek counseling. Despite the prevalence of the problem, medical studies are just beginning to yield more information about this complex issue. Premature ejaculation is a frustrating problem that can reduce the enjoyment of sex, harm relationships and negatively affect quality of life. Here are some common questions and answers to premature ejaculation.
What Is Premature Ejaculation?
Premature ejaculation is characterized by ejaculation that occurs prior to or shortly after the start of intercourse. In severe cases, it can even occur without direct stimulation to the penis. Premature ejaculation can range from a mild problem, to a severe problem that is incredibly debilitating and detrimental to a healthy sex life.
How Common Is Premature Ejaculation?
Premature ejaculation is the most common male sexual dysfunction with more than one in five men affected. PE is not dependent on age or ethnic background and affects men of all ages.
What Causes Premature Ejaculation?
The exact cause of premature ejaculation is unknown. Like other physical conditions, there may be a psychological component. Premature ejaculation also involves a physical component involving neurotransmission (chemical activity in the brain) and experts believe it is caused by a chemical imbalance of serotonin.
What Is The Impact Of Premature Ejaculation?
Coping with premature ejaculation is both emotional and physical. Premature ejaculation can cause low self-confidence, anxiety, feelings of shame and avoidance of sexual intimacy. Premature ejaculation can also affect your partner which can have a negative impact on the overall quality of your sexual life.
Which Doctor Should I Consult For Premature Ejaculation?
You can consult a urologist or an expert in sexual medicine. Your family physician or a psychiatrist can also assist in addressing this problem.
How Is Premature Ejaculation Diagnosed?
Diagnosing premature ejaculation is based on both your medical and sexual history. Your doctor will ask questions to determine whether your premature ejaculation is lifelong or acquired, and establish whether the condition is situational (under specific circumstances or with particular partners) or consistent. A physical examination may also be required.
Can Premature Ejaculation Be Treated?
In many cases, premature ejaculation can resolve itself over time without the need for medical treatment. Relaxation techniques or distraction methods may help you delay ejaculation. For some men however, stopping or cutting down on the use of alcohol, tobacco or illegal drugs can improve their ability to control ejaculation. Psychological therapy, behavioral therapy and medications are treatment options for recurring premature ejaculation.