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Premature ejaculation

Premature ejaculation (PE) is a distressing problem that can affect anyone at any time of their lives. It can be embarrassing and frustrating, but you should not worry about talking to someone about it.

Our consultants have seen and treated hundreds of men with this condition and can offer support, advice and practical solutions to get things back on track.

What is premature ejaculation?

Premature ejaculation (PE) means coming too quickly, and it affects about 10 per cent of men. It is more common in younger men. It is impossible to say what is a normal time to last before ejaculation: all couples have a different idea of what is adequate. However, according to some reaserchers:

  • the average lasting time of men with PE was 1.8 minutes.
  • 'normal' men lasted an average of 7.3 minutes.
  • 2.5 per cent of men couldn't last 90 seconds inside the vagina

Premature ejaculation makes people unhappy and frustrated. In very bad cases, it can ruin relationships by spoiling the sex lives of both partners. Sometimes, the man might ejaculate before he can get into the vagina which can be devastating for his self-confidence. This only makes things worse.

What causes Premature Ejaculation?

Some experts say that premature ejaculation is caused by "early conditioning". This means that if the man's early sexual experiences had to be quick (eg to avoid detection) he might have become "conditioned" to climax as quickly as possible.

On the other hand, there is some evidence that premature ejaculation can run in families, so there might be an inhereted aspect to the problem.

Another common part of the problem can be anxiety or "nerves". If you're nervous, you're more likely to ejaculate too quickly. This is why PE is more common when men start new relationships. Unfortunately, if PE is causing anxiety and "performance pressure", then it can cause a viscious circle.

Do I need any tests?

Usually no tests are required. Your specialist will discuss your problem with you and this is usually all that is required to make a diagnosis and recommend a treatment plan. Occasionally further tests will be recommended if there are other symptoms.