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Premature Ejaculation

Premature ejaculation (PE) is where a man ejaculates too quickly (‘rapid ejaculation’) during sexual intercourse. It is a common ejaculation problem.

Looking at recent studies, based on 500 couples from 5 different countries, it has been recorded that on average it takes approximately 5 and a half minutes for a man to ejaculate. This is of course based on average, each couple are different, as are their expectations of what is deemed a satisfying amount of time. But remember, no two couples are the same!

Sometimes, premature ejaculation can be a temporary issue and no need for concern. It may be that you have been going through a really stressful period in your life, perhaps moving house, changing partners, or simply lack of sexual experience. It may also be that you are on certain medication, or possibly as a result of drug and alcohol misuse. Below is a list of the most common causes of premature ejaculation.

Physical Causes

Prostate Problems
Thyroid disease
Drug abuse

Psychological Causes

Depression
Stress
Relationship Problems
Anxiety about sexual performance
New relationships
Inexperience

Treating Premature Ejaculation

If PE is caused by a physical condition, then a doctor can treat the underlying condition, to help resolve the issue. PE caused by psychological factors is more challenging to treat.

Self-help techniques can also help PE. These techniques include:

- Masturbating an hour or two before having sex

- Using a thick condom to help decrease sensation

- Taking a deep breath to briefly shut down the ejaculatory reflex (an automatic reflex of the body, during which ejaculation occurs)

- Having sex with your partner on top (to allow them to pull away when you are close to ejaculating)

- Taking breaks during sex and distracting yourself by thinking about something completely different

 

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