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Ejaculation is the expulsion of semen from the body.

What is Premature Ejaculation

Premature ejaculation (PE) is described as when male orgasm and emission of semen occurs just before or shortly after beginning sexual intercourse. It is when orgasm and ejaculation happen sooner than a man or his partner would like during sex.

PE is also known as rapid ejaculation, premature climax or early ejaculation.

PE is believed to be one of the most common male sexual disorders across all age groups. Premature ejaculation is different from erectile dysfunction, where there is difficulty in achieving or maintaining erection that’s firm enough for sex.

A man can suffer from both premature ejaculation and erectile dysfunction at the same time, in which case the erectile dysfunction should be treated first. PE might not be a cause for worry. It can be frustrating if it makes sex less enjoyable and impacts relationships. Although many men feel embarrassed talking about it, premature ejaculation is a common and treatable condition.

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What causes Premature Ejaculation

There are psychological or emotional components to PE, and physical components as well, where underlying disease is the major cause.

Most cases of PE are not related to any disease and are instead due to psychological factors. Such factors include depression, stress, guilt, performance anxiety, history of sexual repression, relationship problems among others.

Occasional episodes of PE usually aren’t anything to worry about. You may need treatment if PE occurs frequently or has occurred for an extended period of time. PE may become an issue as a person gets older and has more trouble maintaining an erection. Physical causes can also play a major role in PE. If you have difficulty maintaining an erection because of erectile dysfunction, you may rush through intercourse so that you complete it before losing the erection.

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Diagnosis: Premature Ejaculation

During partnered sex and masturbation, it’s normal for a man to have some control of ejaculation, if and when it happens. If a man does not feel he has control of when ejaculation occurs, and if there is worry by the man or his sexual partner(s), PE may be present.

Premature Ejaculation: When to Talk with a Doctor

  • if PE: is occurring or has occurred enough times to cause relationship problems
  • makes you feel self-conscious
  • keeps you from pursuing intimate relationships In some cases, you may be able to treat PE with some changes to your sexual routine. Techniques in delaying ejaculation such as the stop-start technique or the squeeze technique have proven to be beneficial.

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Premature Ejaculation Treatment

Treatment of Premature Ejaculation involves psychological therapy, behavioral therapy and medical therapy with a number of drugs, numbing creams and numbing sprays. These methods can be used in isolation in combination.

You can talk to your Doctor to decide the best choice for you. After treatment, recovery is good. If the problem stays, keep working with your Doctor to find solutions. Talking with your partner is important.

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