Premature Ejaculation: Common Causes and Treatment Options

By Peter Mills
Updated 2024-04-02 07:49:19 | Published 2021-01-12 18:00:57
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30 percent of all men suffer from some form of sex disorder at some point in their life, and premature ejaculation is one of the most common of these sex disorders. A study by Mayo Clinic also shows that more than 50 million men in America cannot have sex for more than two minutes without ejaculating. It is a serious problem that might not affect your health, but the effects it has on one’s sex life can lead to negative things such as strained relationships and depression. However, it is possible to overcome it, but you will first need to understand the causes.


There is no universal definition of premature ejaculation or the right time that a man should last during sex. However, ejaculating within under 2 minutes is what most experts consider as premature. Research is still not very conclusive on the causes of PE, but there are some common things that doctors and specialists propose as the leading causes.

Anxiety and stress are among the things that can make a man ejaculate prematurely. According to reliable sources, the stress that comes with relationship issues will in most instances make a person fail to perform well in bed. The anxiety or fear of not being able to satisfy your partner also makes the problem worse.

ED (erectile dysfunction) can also lead to premature ejaculation because men with this issue are always worried about not being able to maintain an erection long enough to satisfy their partners. Some psychological factors like sexual inexperience, overstimulation, guilty feeling, and depression can also make a man ejaculate prematurely.


The American Society for Reproductive Medicine recommends behavioral therapy as an effective treatment for PE. And most other doctors and men’s health experts also agree on this. In addition to that, you can also use things like the squeeze technique to deal with the problem. The squeeze technique entails pressing the shaft of the penis with the thumb and two fingers when you sense that you are just about to ejaculate.

Prescription medication can also be effective in dealing with PE, but some of these drugs can also have side effects on some individuals. Although you can still buy some over-the-counter drugs, it is a good idea to talk to your doctor for advice on the best medication for you. If you do not like taking pills, you can also try anesthetic creams that you rub on the penis to reduce stimulation.

Doctors also recommend Kegel exercises as they help to strengthen penile muscles and this, in turn, makes it easy for a man to control his ejaculation.

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