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What Is Premature Ejaculation?

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What Is Premature Ejaculation?

Premature ejaculation, is a fairly common sexual health problem in which men ejaculates too soon during the act of sexual intercourse (1). Although, actual statistics are not known, but it is believed that approximately 1 of 3 men suffers from premature ejaculation. According to another study reported in the European Urology journal (2), investigators suggested that approximately 20-30% males experience premature ejaculation, warranting some form of therapy.

It is imperative to mention that occasional episodes of premature ejaculation (PE) does not demand any type of treatment or management; however, if you are continuously experiencing PE, you should see a doctor for prompt management.

What Are Some Classic Symptoms Of Premature Ejaculation?

As the name suggests, the classic symptom or clinical presentation of premature ejaculation is specific for ‘ejaculating in under one minute of vaginal penetration’.  Premature ejaculation is classified into two types, primary (lifelong) or secondary (acquired) premature ejaculation (3).

Clinical studies indicates that males who experience premature ejaculation also complaints of other sexual disorders such as poor libido, low sex drive, anorgasmia and erectile dysfunction (2).

What Are Some Common Causes Of Premature Ejaculation (PE)?

Male ejaculatory function are complex and involves an interplay of physiological and psychological factors. Various clinical and research studies indicates that misalignment or an imbalance between psychological and physical factors can lead to premature ejaculation. Some common causes include:

Psychological Factors:

Physiological Factors:

Besides the above listed psychological factors, physiological factors can also play a major role in the pathogenesis of PE; classic ones are:

Learn More About The Pathophysiology Of Premature Ejaculation

It is very important to learn about pathophysiology and risk factors of premature ejaculation in order to address this problem appropriately.

Certain risk factors that are strongly linked to PE are:

You must keep in mind that quick ejaculation on occasional basis doesn’t mean that you have sexual problem. Premature ejaculation can be due to naturally occurring variations, and is characterized by periods of premature ejections in between normal ejaculations.


1. Malavige, L. S., & Jayawickrema, S. (2015). Premature ejaculation and its management. Sri Lanka Journal of Diabetes Endocrinology and Metabolism, 5(1).

2. Porst, H., Montorsi, F., Rosen, R. C., Gaynor, L., Grupe, S., & Alexander, J. (2007). The Premature Ejaculation Prevalence and Attitudes (PEPA) survey: prevalence, comorbidities, and professional help-seeking. European Urology, 51(3), 816-824.

3. Hatzimouratidis, K., Amar, E., Eardley, I., Giuliano, F., Hatzichristou, D., Montorsi, F., … & Wespes, E. (2010). Guidelines on male sexual dysfunction: erectile dysfunction and premature ejaculation. European urology, 57(5), 804-814.

4. Patrick, D. L., Althof, S. E., Pryor, J. L., Rosen, R., Rowland, D. L., Ho, K. F., … & Jamieson, C. (2005). ORIGINAL RESEARCH—EJACULATORY DISORDERS: Premature Ejaculation: An Observational Study of Men and Their Partners. The journal of sexual medicine, 2(3), 358-367.

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