Sexual problems tend to be quite embarrassing but even more than that, they can have profoundly negative influence on every aspect of life. Because of the nature of these problems, many men refuse to get help or to look further into the issue.
Premature ejaculation (PE) is a really common problem but there tends to be a lot of misinformation about it. The following questions are really common and we want to shed some light on the important facts.
How Is Premature Ejaculation Defined?
The “premature” aspect of the problem is the one that makes it difficult to come up with a definition. What some men consider to be a premature end of sexual activity is actually normal for others.
The general consensus is that premature ejaculation is defined as ejaculation that consistently occurs sooner than you or your partner would like. This kind of problem can lead to frustration, relationship issues and performance anxiety during intimacy.
How Common Is It?
Premature ejaculation is the most common sexual dysfunction among men. Statistics show that one in three men suffer from PE during a certain point of their life.
Most often, PE will be episodic and the issue will get resolved on its own. It may be connected to a period of extreme workplace stress or relationship issues.
Unless PE continues for a long period of time, affecting sexual performance and confidence in the long run, it is not considered a serious cause of concern.
How Can I Recognize If I Suffer From Premature Ejaculation
The symptoms of premature ejaculation are fairly easy to recognize. The most common ones include:
- Always or almost always ejaculating within a minute of penetration
- Inability to delay ejaculation voluntarily and to prolong the sexual encounter
- Frustration and performance anxiety
- Feelings of inadequacy
- Decreased level of enjoyment during intimacy
What Are The Most Common Causes Of Premature Ejaculation?
The causes of PE can be classified as physiological and psychological. A few medical conditions could be responsible for the premature ejaculation. These include:
- Abnormal hormone levels
- Abnormalities in the activity of the male ejaculatory system
- Infection of the prostate
- Infection of the urethra
- Low levels of serotonin, a neurotransmitter that plays an important role in the male climax
The psychological causes of PE are much more common than the physiological ones. If a medical condition is ruled out, a physician will probably suspect psychological issues like:
- Negative sexual experiences
- Childhood abuse or extremely strict upbringing
- Stress and performance anxiety
- Relationship problems
- Worries about getting an erection that come with erectile dysfunction
If you would like to know more about common causes in details, see this post
Are There Viable Treatments?
Premature ejaculation that comes as a symptom of another medical condition will be fairly simple to treat. Doctors will need to run diagnostic tests and identify the medical problem that is causing sexual malfunction.
Once this problem gets identified, a viable solution will be chosen.
When a psychological problem is to blame, behavioral therapy will be needed. Men will learn about specific sexual techniques and they will also work with a psychotherapist on overcoming any kind of trauma or issue that may be resulting in sexual frustration or anxiety.
In a few cases, men experiencing PE could be prescribed medications like anti-depressants. Topical anesthetics may also be used to decrease sensation and give men the ability to engage in intercourse for a longer period of time.
Also, you can find more about possible treatments here
When Will It be Appropriate To Seek Medical Attention?
You should never underestimate the destructive effect that sexual dysfunction could have. It could affect your self-perception, your self-confidence and your happiness level.
If you are experiencing a problem that interferes with intimacy and causes relationship trouble, you will need to talk to a physician.
PE is fairly easy to identify. Though discovering the cause will be a bit more challenging, such interventions will almost certainly result in sexual performance improvements that will profoundly impact your relationship and your life.