Are you experiencing premature ejaculation? Don’t worry because you’re not alone—30% of the male population experience this condition according to NCBI.
Premature ejaculation affects men of all ages and is considered as the most common sexual disorder.
According to studies, a man can last in bed for 5 to 6 minutes after penetrating the vagina. The time can decrease further as he ages.
On the other hand, when you ejaculate quickly after vaginal penetration, let’s say for about 1 to 1.5 minutes, you are most likely to have premature ejaculation. PE usually happens below 3 minutes, preventing sexual satisfaction to your partner and can pose problems to you psychologically and physically.
It is extremely common to experience premature ejaculation because it can happen at some point in your life. PE happens due to psychological, biological and physical triggers. Whatever is causing you to experience PE, this guide will let you further understand how often it occurs, causes of it and how to treat it.
How Common Is It?
As stated, premature ejaculation is a common sexual disorder. Studies differ with one another, including self-reported ones. Self-reported studies reveal that 4 to 39% of men are affected by this condition at some point in their lives.
Another study from NCBI confirms that 25 to 30% of men experience primary premature ejaculation at around 30 to 35 years of age, while 4 to 49% of men experience secondary premature ejaculation.
Other studies suggest that in Australia, 23.9% of men complained about having lifelong ejaculation.
Comparing all the studies from different sources, it’s evident that men experience it at a certain point.
With this, there’s no need to be too alarmed and be stressful about it because it will give you more problems that can affect your health. Besides, you should not be embarrassed about it because it happens to men of all ages, and there are treatments if you want to stop experiencing it.
On the other hand, if you’re worried about your partner’s point of view on this, it’s essential to discuss with her openly because she may help, support and understand you.
Causes of Premature Ejaculation
The cause of premature ejaculation is a bit unfounded, with theories suggesting that it is due to quick masturbating during a man’s adolescence or lack of sexual experience.
However, doctors and researchers suggest otherwise. They believe that various factors play in contributing to PE. Depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, bad previous sexual experience can affect premature ejaculation. Relationship and stress problems also play a role.
From a biological perspective, experts believe that hereditary, health problems can potentially affect ejaculation. Also, some men are just more sensitive to sexual contact, resulting in premature ejaculation.
With this, it’s essential to seek help from your doctor about what might be causing you to experience premature ejaculation. He can give treatment, medication or suggestions to alleviate the symptoms.
Also, avoid keeping the condition to yourself. Talking with your partner is recommended so she can support and assist you through your journey to recovery.
There are various treatments for premature ejaculation, and it can vary on a case-to-case basis.
A most popular treatment for premature ejaculation is behavioural techniques which involve you to do the stop-and-start and squeeze technique. At times, premature ejaculation requires you to do some techniques to last longer in bed.
Stop-and-start technique involves when your partner is stimulating your penis until you are about to ejaculate. Squeeze technique, on the other hand, happens when you withdraw the penis before orgasm and squeeze it at the tip. After doing this, you may continue having sexual intercourse with your partner.
Therapy is another treatment for premature ejaculation. If you’re suffering from performance anxiety which causes your PE to happen, Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) may help you deal with it. It works best when you take it with medicine.
In some cases, doctors prescribe medications according to the level of the sensitivity of your penis. If the above treatments fail to work, doctors may recommend you to take selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and non-SSRIs medicines to delay your ejaculation.
Other doctors may also recommend topical creams and gels to decrease your penis’ sensitivity.
In other cases, you can treat premature ejaculation through time and patience. As long as you have been doing behavioural techniques and therapy consistently for a period, you can control your sexual performance and regain the lost self-esteem.
Premature ejaculation can stress you out mainly if it’s occurring for a long time, and if it’s affecting your sex life.
It can lower your self-esteem and brings out negative emotions towards your sex performance that can affect your relationship.
Since it can happen to men at some point in their lives, there are ways to avoid it from happening. Even if you acquired it through hereditary or health conditions, you can manage and treat it.
Treatments include therapy, behavioural techniques and medication. You can also treat it through time by establishing more connection with your partner in bed.
No matter how mild or severe your case is, make sure to consult a doctor to determine what type of treatment is suitable for you.