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Premature Ejaculation

Definitions, Causes and Treatment of Premature Ejaculation

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Updated June 19, 2012

Premature ejaculation is the most common sexual dysfunction for men. Research suggests that anywhere from 9% to 31% of men experience premature ejaculation and most, if not all, men will experience premature ejaculation at some point in their life, probably more than once. Before you dive in to reading below about different definitions, causes, and ways to stop premature ejaculation, take a few minutes to think for yourself about what premature ejaculation means to you. If something’s happening too soon in sex, who is setting the pace, and who defines when sex starts and ends. The good thing about premature ejaculation is that it gives you an opportunity not only to fix what may feel like a shameful sexual problem, but to actually make your sex life better from the inside out.

How Do You Define Premature?

Researchers define premature using a stopwatch. You may define it based on what you want, what your partner wants, or what you think you or your partner should want. Before you try to sign up for a drug trial or let anxiety fester about your “inability to perform” start by making sure you know your own definition and your partners definition, and consider whether the sex you’re having is worth drawing out.

Premature Ejaculation Myths and Facts

Like so many aspects of male sexuality there are a lot of myths and misinformation about premature ejaculation. It might be a sign of something, or not. It might be hard to stop, or not. Start with what you know and develop a plan grounded in evidence based information, not what you read in men’s health magazines.

Causes of Premature Ejaculation

There is no known cause of premature ejaculation but there are many suspects and research continues to dig deeper into factors that may influence premature ejaculation.

How to Stop Premature Ejaculation

Putting a stop to premature ejaculation is possible, but it can require more than a few exercises or some future pill. Premature ejaculation happens in relationships and often it needs to be resolved not alone by the individual who is ejaculating too fast for someone’s liking, but by the couple. Techniques to control premature ejaculation are very successful, but talking is also highly recommended.

Drugs to Treat Premature Ejaculation

Several major pharmaceutical companies are working on developing drugs to treat premature ejaculation. So far none have been approved by the FDA. Drugs may end up being one form of treatment but they will always suffer from having negative side effects (which behavioral treatments don’t) and a lack of positive side effects. Other treatments for premature ejaculation can not only eliminate the problem, they can enrich people’s sex lives by asking them to look deeper into their sexual desires and motivations and try to act in a way that is accordance with those desires and wishes.
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