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- Premature ejaculation is the most common sexual problem in in the world.
- Occasionally losing control is normal. Most men orgasm sooner than they would like from time to time.
- There is a variety of treatments to choose from, including exercises, therapy and medications.
Premature ejaculation is the most common sexual problem in in the world.
Most men orgasm sooner than they would like from time to time; that’s normal. If you ejaculate too quickly most of the times you have sex, and it’s a problem for you and your partner, there’s treatments that can help.
Some men ejaculate as soon as foreplay starts. Others ejaculate during penetration or very soon after.
Some men will have premature ejaculation from the time of their first sexual experience (lifelong), while in others, it will develop after a period of having a longer, satisfactory time to ejacualtion (acquired).
Causes of premature ejaculation
- Genetic causes related to the molecules that signal between nerves
- Psychological causes (e.g. anxiety, stress, relationship problems)
- Other health problems (e.g. abnormal hormone levels)
One-third to one-quarter of men with premature ejaculation also have problems with getting or keeping an erection.
Treatment for premature ejaculation
Seeking help for premature ejaculation from a GP (doctor) or sex therapist is a good idea.
Treatments for premature ejaculation vary depending on the cause and whether it is lifelong or acquired.
- ‘The stop-start technique’. If you feel close to ejaculating during sexual activity, stop and rest until the feeling has gone, and then start again.
- ‘The squeeze technique’. If you feel close to ejaculating, squeezing your penis just below the glans (the ‘head’ of the penis) can make the feeling go away
- Acupuncture or pelvic floor exercises
- Masturbation before sex
- Reducing sensitivity of your penis (e.g. wearing a condom)
- Medication (e.g. antidepressants can slow the time to ejaculation)
- Treatment of the underlying problem (e.g. medication for erectile dysfunction, hormone treatment)
Where to get help
- Your doctor (GP)
- Sex therapist