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Premature ejaculation a common condition where a person ejaculates sooner than they or their partner would like during sexual activity. Premature ejaculation can be a frustrating experience for both parties involved but is a treatable condition.
The main cause of premature ejaculation is not known, but psychological factors are often attributed to the condition. Some of these include depression, guilt, anxiety, worry, and stress. Biological factors that may be a contributor include low serotonin levels, abnormal hormonal levels, and erectile dysfunction.
There are two types of premature ejaculation. One is primary (lifelong) premature ejaculation which occurs beginning with the first sexual encounter. The other type is secondary (acquired) premature ejaculation which develops after having previous sexual experiences without ejaculatory problems.
Some of the common treatments for premature ejaculation include behavioral techniques and pelvic floor exercises. Counselling & psychological therapy are also common methods of treatment, as psychological factors may contribute to the condition. Doctors can also provide prescribed PE medications.
The average time for ejaculation is about 5 minutes after intercourse. During PE, ejaculation happens within a minute after penetration.
Usually, premature ejaculation goes away on its own without treatment. If it happens more often and has become a problem in your relationship, speak with a doctor. Premature ejaculation is curable with the proper treatment.
Aside from asking about your sex life, a doctor will also ask about your medical history. In some cases, a doctor may request to do a physical exam.
Having premature ejaculation does not mean infertility. Issues may arise when couples are trying to conceive and ejaculate occurs before intercourse begins.
The most common complication of premature ejaculation is that it contributes to stress and relationship problems. It also becomes a problem when a couple is trying to conceive. See a doctor or therapist to discuss treatment options.
Ways of preventing premature ejaculation include: Masturbating 1 or 2 hours before having sex, use condoms to help decrease sensation or taking a deep breaths and breaks during sex to relax the ejaculatory reflex. If PE happens often, it is advised to consult a doctor.