Premature Ejaculation vs Erectile Dysfunction: believe it or not, erectile dysfunction and premature ejaculation are common conditions that affect men of all ages. In this article, we discover the differences between the two conditions and how they are treated.

WHAT IS PREMATURE EJACULATION?

Premature Ejaculation (PE) is when men ejaculate very quickly during sexual intercourse and is a condition that affects one in three men.

Research shows that the average time a man would ejaculate during sex is around 5 minutes and 30 seconds – PE is defined as regularly ejaculating within 1 minute of sexual intercourse [1].

There are two types of PE:

  • Primary PE – Where it has affected them every time they have sex, since they have been sexually active.
  • Secondary PE – Where the problem has recently developed.

PE can occur occasionally and not cause a problem, but if it happens regularly you should look into treatment options.

WHAT CAUSES PREMATURE EJACULATION?

PE can have physical causes, such as:

  • Having an overactive or underactive thyroid
  • Having problems with your prostate
  • Using recreational drugs

There are also psychological triggers that can delay ejaculation, including:

  • Problems within your relationship
  • Stress
  • Anxiety, including anxiety surrounding your sexual performance
  • Depression

PREMATURE EJACULATION TREATMENT

PE can be treated by a medication called Priligy. It contains the active ingredient Dapoxetine, which is known as a Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor (SSRI). It increases the levels of Serotonin in your nervous system, which therefore increases the time it takes you to ejaculate. It should be taken around 1 – 3 hours before sexual intercourse, and you shouldn’t take more than one tablet in 24 hours.

SSRIs are normally used to treat depression, but Priligy is the only medication in the country specifically used to treat PE.

Some self-help techniques are also used to treat PE, such as:

  • Masturbating up to 2 hours before sex
  • Counselling
  • Shutting down the ejaculation reflex by taking a deep breath
  • Using a thick condom to reduce the sensations

WHAT IS ERECTILE DYSFUNCTION?

Erectile Dysfunction (ED) is when someone struggles to get or maintain an erection when they are sexually stimulated. It’s very common among men over 40, but it can affect men of all ages.

Read our blog Erectile Dysfunction: 5 Questions Answered & 5 Myths Debunked to find out more.

WHAT CAUSES ERECTILE DYSFUNCTION?

The physical causes of ED are:

  • High blood pressure
  • Being overweight
  • Diabetes
  • Conditions that affect your central nervous system, such as Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s Disease

However, ED can be a temporary problem that’s caused by psychological triggers like depression, anxiety, and stress. ED symptoms tend to subside when mental health improves.

ERECTILE DYSFUNCTION TREATMENT

ED is treated with four different medications known as PDE5 inhibitors, consisting of:

Take a look at our Guide to choosing the right erectile dysfunction medication to find out more.

THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN PREMATURE EJACULATION VS ERECTILE DYSFUNCTION

Both PE and ED are sexual dysfunctions, and they can be caused by psychological triggers such as anxiety, depression, and stress; but there are key differences between the two conditions.

People who suffer from ED struggle to get and maintain an erection and people who suffer from PE normally have no problem keeping an erection, but they ejaculate too quickly. As a result, both conditions are also treated with different medications.

Although it can be possible to have ED and PE, it is important to make sure you don’t take both medications at the same time. The medications lower your blood pressure, which can lead to side effects like dizziness and fainting.

Find out more in our blog: How do Priligy and Viagra tablets differ?

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Although all of our content is written and reviewed by healthcare professionals, it should not be substituted for or used as medical advice. If you have any questions about your health, please speak to your doctor.

Authored Jul 29, 2022 by Joseph Issac
Reviewed Jul 29, 2022 by Prabjeet Saundh,
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