Premature Ejaculation More Common Than You Think

Posted by Dr. Michael White, Updated on May 28th, 2021
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While premature ejaculation isn't life-threatening, it can definitely be relationship-threatening. Romance and a fulfilling sex life are critical aspects of a happy and healthy relationship. If you struggle with premature ejaculation, it may be comforting to know that you aren't alone, and there are solutions.

Depending on the study's methodology, premature ejaculation impacts the sex lives of between 3% and 30% of men. What matters most is your perception of your sexual ability. One study estimated that almost one-third of men from 40-79 are disappointed with how long that they last in the bedroom. Of that approximately 1/3rd, 7% are frustrated with their premature ejaculation to the point that they feel that it impairs their sexual ability and function. These results remained significant even when controlling for relationship status and medications.

As you can imagine, sex life and personal life are deeply intertwined. The men at the bottom of the totem pole of satisfaction were more likely to be depressed and suffer from poor quality of life than their peers. The threat of premature ejaculation often causes men to be averse to sexual activity altogether. In many cases, they find themselves frequently avoiding opportunities for sex and heavy petting. Men that have problems with sexual longevity are also more often in relationships that are considered “impaired” or “on the rocks.”

How Long Isn't Long Enough?

Every couple experiences their own unique sex life, and no two people are alike when it comes to sexual ability. Because people's sex lives are so different, the average length of sexual intercourse should be considered a guidepost not set in stone. One study investigated the sex lives of five hundred couples, finding that the guys lasted an average of 5 ½ minutes during sex.

Causes of Premature Ejaculation

While Premature Ejaculation is nothing to be ashamed about, it's recommended that men should reach out to a specialist if at least half of their sexual experiences end in self-perceived premature ejaculation. Many causes contribute to Premature Ejaculation. Lasting longer takes practice. Men that masturbate too quickly may accidentally prime themselves for shortened sexual escapades.

Anxiety is a huge factor in sexual stamina. If you're unable to relax or get in the groove, you're more likely to bust early. There are also medical causes, such as illicit/prescription drugs, prostate/thyroid issues, and more. On top of that, some men are just more sensitive than others.

How to Prevent Premature Ejaculation

If you are unhappy with your sexual stamina, there are some steps that you can take that will most likely help you last longer. One of the most effective means to ensure a longer romantic experience is to take things into your own hands. Masturbating before sex reduces the sensitivity of the penis so that you can achieve more sustained intercourse. There are also extra-thick condoms and condoms with special lubricants that reduce stimulation to help you hold back your orgasm.

If these options are unsatisfactory, there are medications that can help. Dapoxetine was specially invented to prevent premature ejaculation and shares physiological similarities with some antidepressants. Viagra also does double duty—it helps men achieve erection and also makes guys more resistant to quick orgasm.

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