What You Need to Know About Premature Ejaculation
Suffer from premature ejaculation? You may wonder why you seem to reach climax faster than most of your buddies, or the actors in those movies that you see in the theater. Before believing that you may suffer from premature ejaculation, take into consideration the average amount of time it takes for a man to ejaculate:
– The average time for a man to ejaculate is 6.5 minutes.
– Younger men may ejaculate a minute or two sooner; older men may ejaculate a bit later than 6.5 minutes
– Premature ejaculation happens to most men at one point in their life. Only when it becomes a constant in a man’s life can it be considered a “dysfunction” rather than just a one-time mishap.
What exactly is premature ejaculation? The rather broad definition is when both partners are not satisfied with the sexual performance, such as the man ejaculating immediately following penetration, or shortly thereafter. Typically, 2 minutes or less to ejaculate on a regular and consistent basis is grounds for a man to be diagnosed with a sexual dysfunction.
There are also two types of premature ejaculation:
– Primary Premature Ejaculation: occurred during a man’s first sexual encounter and has continued to occur since then
– Secondary Premature Ejaculation: occurs after a man has had “normal” sexual function (i.e. a man was previously able to control his ejaculations and climaxes).
There are also two classifications that are sometimes used. These are:
– Normal variable: When premature ejaculation happens periodically
– Premature-like: When a man ejaculates after two minutes from penetration, but it is thought either by him, his partner, or both partners to be “premature”.
Though premature ejaculation is typically a great source of embarrassment for men, it affects any where from 30%-70% of all men at least once in their life time. There are some predisposing factors which contribute to the likelihood of this affecting men:
– Lifelong issues with premature ejaculation are being looked into as being a genetic, inherited neurological condition. Chances are that if you are suffering from lifelong premature ejaculation, you have at least one first-degree relative (such as your father) suffering from the same problem.
– Medical conditions: urethritis, prostratitis, hyperthyroidism, erectile dysfunction, and obesity
– Psychological issues: Relationship issues, stress, and depression
If you think that you do suffer from premature ejaculation, be sure to visit your doctor to rule out any underlying, possibly more serious health issues that may be causing this. A visit to the doctor will usually involve a thorough physical examination, with particular attention aid to the genitals (this is to ensure that there are no infections or other ailments that may be causing the problem).
One thing to bear in mind is that there are no definite tests that define you as suffering from this dysfunction. The diagnosis is mostly based on a man’s expectations of himself and from his reports of distress given his lack of ejaculatory control.
From that point, you can seek several different treatment options:
– Behavioral training: This is perhaps the most popular and most effective treatment. Since there is no “cure” for this dysfunction, behavioral training will allow the man to regain control over his climaxes. This typically involved the “start-stop” technique.
– Reducing Sensation: To reduce the sensitivity of the penis, men sometimes will wear “condom layers” – upwards of 2-3 condoms – to allow them to last longer. There are also a range of anesthetics on the market, including creams and sprays, which will “numb” the man’s genitals to again promote him lasting longer. Use these with caution, as the numbing effect can be passed on to your partner and the lack of sensation may result in a man never climaxing.
– Physiotherapy: pelvic floor exercises are often suggested to be practiced by men suffering from an ejaculation dysfunction, though there is no scientific proof showing that these are effective.
– Counseling: Many times, premature ejaculation is caused by psychological issues, such as sexual repression. Once any psychological issues are dealt with, often the dysfunction will dissipate.
Most importantly, be sure to check in with your doctor if you ever fear that you are suffering from any sort of physical ailment or disorder. He or she will be able to discuss with you what your best treatment options are.