What You Need to Know About Premature Ejaculation


A man at a doctor’s office discussing one of the common sexual dysfunctions, premature ejaculation

Discussing the underlying psychological, social, and physical causes


Physical intimacy is something most people want in a romantic union. Several factors can adversely affect it, however, potentially leading to tension in a relationship.


It’s common for both men and women to encounter sexual dysfunction at some point. Premature ejaculation (PE) is one of the most prevalent forms of male sexual dysfunction, affecting between 30-40% of men. We talk about what PE is, its causes, and ways to remedy it.


What is PE?


According to New Jersey Urology, PE “is a condition in which sexual climax occurs before, upon, or shortly after vaginal penetration, prior to one’s desire to do so, with minimal voluntary control.”


Premature climax usually isn’t an issue if it only occurs infrequently but if PE happens regularly, one or both partners may feel embarrassed, frustrated, and/or sexually unfulfilled. of the hallmark characteristics of PE are that it takes less than one minute to climax, there is a lack of control over the timing, and sexual dissatisfaction is usually the result.


The good news is that there are steps you can take to address this issue if it’s causing a problem for you or your partner. Although it may be uncomfortable, the first step is to acknowledge the problem and talk about it.


What causes PE?


PE may be the result of an underlying physical condition or psychological and social factors. Hormone levels and genetics may also play a role. Climaxing too quickly can be an intermittent issue or a lifelong problem. If it’s the latter, it’s often because of a physical or genetic condition.


Emotional distress can lead to PE. Stress, anxiety, and depression can all have a significant impact on a person’s sex life. Common psychological and social causes of PE include:

  • A preoccupation with sexual performance

Being overly concerned with your performance during intercourse can add stress and anxiety and may contribute to PE.