The Consequences Of Delaying Ejaculation
Did you know that intentionally or unintentionally delaying ejaculation can reduce the chance of achieving orgasm by 80%? Healthcare providers believe that delayed ejaculation can cause deleterious effects on your overall wellness as well as sexual health in the long term.
Although, delayed ejaculation (also sometimes referred to as impaired ejaculation) is a bar on sexual relationships, it has been observed that most men who suffers from delayed ejaculation experiences enjoyable intercourse and hassle-free penile erection during the length of sexual activity.
What is Delayed Ejaculation?
Delayed ejaculation as the name indicates, refers to a medical condition in which ejaculation is unnecessarily delayed (intentionally or unintentionally). The clinical criterion varies from case to case but it is believed that inability to ejaculate after 20 to 30 minutes of sexual activity is sufficient to render the diagnosis of delayed ejaculation. In some cases, oral or manual stimulation is needed to achieve climax; in some rare cases, no ejaculation occurs at all (also known as anejaculation). Some men only manifests symptoms of delayed ejaculation under certain situations, which usually responds very well to support therapy or psychotherapy.
If you or your partner is suffering from delayed ejaculation, you should speak to your primary care provider to see what options are best for you.
What causes Delayed Ejaculation?
Delayed ejaculation is multi-factorial and, in some cases, may not linked to a particular cause. Healthcare providers often describes delayed ejaculation as an early manifestation of diabetes or cardiac ailment. Following are some risk factors that may aggravate the cause of developing delayed ejaculation:
- Excessive masturbation
- Cultural or religious beliefs/ taboos
- Excessive alcohol or drug abuse
- Physical health conditions
- Mental block that restricts men from ejaculating even after achieving climax
Delayed Ejaculation and Anti-Depressant therapy – is there an association?
The prevalence of delayed ejaculation is fairly high. According to a new study, this condition affects about 8% of adult US males. This indicates that about 8% males who are capable of engaging in successful sexual activity, fails to achieve orgasm despite optimal erection. Among several causes of delayed ejaculation, one of the most common cause is antidepressant use. This is especially true for antidepressants that exert their action by modulating serotonin activity.
Drugs that prevent the uptake of serotonin or slows down the metabolism of serotonin (such as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors) can interfere with the synaptic activity at brain level; thereby interfering with sexual stimulation and pleasure.
Not all antidepressants can cause delayed ejaculation. Every individual responds differently to different antidepressants. If you or your partner is diagnosed with depression, speak to your primary care provider to learn what options are best for you and your sex life. Besides medications, psychotherapy, support groups and lifestyle modifications also play a major role in boosting your sex life.