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Premature Ejaculation (PE) is a problem whereby men may ejaculate too quickly. This condition affects one in three men.
Occasional premature ejaculation is not a problem, however if it is occurring more than 50% of the time, there may be a cause for concern. Most men would not have had this problem initially and would have developed what is called ‘secondary’ premature ejaculation.
Around 1 in every 50 men in England will have suffered lifelong ‘primary’ premature ejaculation, whereby there is an inability to delay ejaculation during sex most or every time causing feelings of embarrassment and frustration that could affect the individuals quality of life.
Premature ejaculation occurs due to a wide range of causes, often including psychological and physical factors. It is important to treat premature ejaculation by addressing the underlying cause. Causes may include:
- Relationship problems
- Medical conditions e.g. diabetes or certain medications
There are various premature ejaculation measures which may be used to manage symptoms to delay ejaculation and last longer in bed. These include:
- Counselling including ‘couples therapy’ whereby partners may help practice delaying ejaculation
- Squeeze technique
- Masturbating an hour or two hours before sex
- Taking a deep breath to briefly shut down the ejaculation reflex
- Having sex with your partner on top
- Use of medication such as Priligy (Dapoxetine) to delay orgasm