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Premature ejaculation, also known as PE, is considered to be the most common type of male sexual dysfunction in the world, with an estimated 30% of all men having experienced it at some point in their lives. Yet, rarely will you find a man ringing up his best friend to have a discussion about his early rocket launch, due to the stigma that surrounds the subject. We take a closer look at some of the What’s? Why’s? & How’s? of premature ejaculation to try to answer some of the questions you might have.

30% of all men have experienced it at some point in their lives

What is premature ejaculation?

When a man releases semen from his penis during an orgasm, it is called ejaculation. This is the process of the prostate gland propelling the fluid that carries the sperm through the urethra and out into the surrounding world. If this ejaculation process occurs faster than either you, or your partner would like, then it is called premature ejaculation. It is believed that the average time a male takes to ejaculate during sexual intercourse is around 5-6 minutes, however there is no definition for how long sex should last, therefore it is up to each couple to decide if they are happy with the length of time it takes.

Is PE a sexual dysfunction?

Premature Ejaculation is considered a sexual dysfunction, simply because it is an issue that stops a couple from fully enjoying sexual activity.

Symptoms & Causes

A doctor or health practitioner might diagnose you with PE if you are suffering with the following:

  • If you are always or nearly always ejaculating within 60 seconds of penetration
  • If you are unable to control or delay ejaculation during sexual intercourse all, or nearly all of the time
  • If you avoid intimacy due to the feeling of stress &/or frustration.

PE can be classified as either Lifelong (Primary) or Acquired (Secondary). Lifelong means that you have suffered with premature ejaculation since your first sexual experience, whereas Acquired means that you have developed PE after having previous sexual encounters without issue. Despite studies, the cause of premature ejaculation is not really known, however there are a variety of emotional factors and physical conditions that can play a role.

Psychological Causes

  • Sexual abuse
  • Poor self body image
  • Worrying about performance
  • Previous sexual experiences
  • Depression
  • Anxiety

Physical / Biological Causes

  • Inflammation and/or infection of the prostate
  • Abnormal hormone levels
  • Chemical imbalance in the brain’s neurotransmitters
  • Hypersensitivity of the genitalia
  • Inflammation and/or infection of the prostate
  • Abnormal hormone levels
  • Chemical imbalance in the brain’s neurotransmitters
  • Hypersensitivity of the genitalia

At home treatment

Premature ejaculation can cause complications and problems in your personal life, with the most common issue being relationship stress. The good news is that there are a number of things you can try that may help the symptoms improve prior to seeking medical help.

Try Masterbating before sex Now were not talking about immediately before you are doing the deed, but if you masterbate a couple of hours before sex the release may help you to reduce the need to climax quickly

Desensitize Reducing the physical sensation that you feel during sex can have a positive effect on the length of time you can last. You could try using a thick condom or using a numbing product that you apply to the penis 10 minutes before the event. Be careful to do your research on these products and only purchase from trusted sources.

Don’t forget to breath You can help to delay the ejaculatoiry reflex by taking slow, deep breaths during sex to release tension.

Interrupt to rhythm You don’t have to be driving in the fast lane all the time, take breaks during sex and try to think about something boring to relax your mind and put things on ice.

The Squeeze technique – When you feel you are getting to the point of no return, withdraw your penis and squeeze the head until the urge to ejaculate passes. If you miss the cut off point, don’t worry, you will have a better idea for next time.

Remember…This article is for information purposes only. If you are still concerned, please contact your doctor or Medical practitioner for further advice.