Causes of Premature Ejaculation

Premature Ejaculation is the most common sexual dysfunction in men, affecting 25% to 40%.  Premature ejaculation is defined as the too rapid achievement of climax and ejaculation during intercourse in relation to the male or his partner’s wishes.  The time it takes to achieve ejaculation can vary greatly from couple to couple, and it is recommended that men define premature ejaculation based on what they want, what their partner wants, and how long they think the sexual experience should be drawn out.

Often times, premature ejaculation is found as an issue in younger men, and it resolves itself with more experience.  Other times, it can be caused by anxiety.  In this case, psychological and drug therapy can be effective, although this method has received mixed results.  It can also be caused by depression or stress, as well as unrealistic expectations about performance, a history of sexual repression or a lack of confidence.  While all of these are psychological reasons for premature ejaculation, there are some medical conditions that can cause it as well.  These include thyroid disorder, prostate infections, nervous system damage, or abnormal hormone or brain chemical levels.

Once the cause of premature ejaculation has been determined, treatment can range greatly.  A doctor may recommend at home measures be taken, such as masturbating a few hours before sex and concentrating on other methods of sexual pleasure in order to remove pressure.  Or, anti-depressants or anesthetic cream can be used to help prolong ejaculation, as well as psychotherapy.

If you are experiencing premature ejaculation, contact Philadelphia Urology Associates today to get help.

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