What is Premature Ejaculation?

Premature Ejaculation (PE) is ejaculation that occurs in a man and subsequent loss of erection before both partners would like in a sexual encounter. This then leads to worry, stress, or concern and in the extreme, anger and resentment. For some men, premature ejaculation may materialize in all manner of sexual encounters, including masturbation. In other men, PE surfaces only during sexual encounters with a partner or only with certain sexual partners.

What are the Signs of Premature Ejaculation?

While there is no medical standard for how long a man should take to ejaculate, some commonly observed signs of premature ejaculation include:

  • The inability of a man to control his ejaculation.
  • Ejaculating before he is ready to or has satisfied his partner.
  • Ejaculating before penetration, upon penetration, or shortly thereafter.

How Common is Premature Ejaculation?

Premature Ejaculation is one of the most common forms of male sexual dysfunction and has probably affected every man at some point in his life. PE is the most common instance of sexual dysfunction for men under 40 years of age, and recent studies show that up to 1 in 3 sexually active men are affected by the problem.

What are the Effects of Premature Ejaculation on Quality of Life?

Relationship Difficulties:  Perhaps the most frequent patient complaint is the stress that PE causes in relationships. Especially in the initial stages, PE often leads to a lack of communication, internalized guilt and resentment.