What is premature ejaculation?

Premature Ejaculation

Premature ejaculation

Premature ejaculation occurs when someone ejaculates sooner than they want to during sex. This is a common sexual problem.

The cause is often unclear. It may be related to lack of sexual experience or to factors such as anxiety or depression. In some cases, it may be related to a medical problem. Or it may be a side effect of medicines.

Treatment may include counseling, behavior therapy, or in some cases, medicines that delay orgasm.

What are the symptoms of premature ejaculation?

The main symptom is not being able to control ejaculation during sex. It occurs sooner than the person wants, with little stimulation. This can make the person feel anxious about having sex. And it can leave one or both partners feeling frustrated.

How is premature ejaculation treated?

Often this problem gets better on its own without treatment. If not, your doctor may recommend techniques to help delay orgasm. Counseling or behavioral therapy may help. Sometimes antidepressant medicines are prescribed. Or your doctor may suggest over-the-counter products such as numbing creams or condoms to reduce feeling.

How is premature ejaculation diagnosed?

Your doctor will discuss your medical and sexual history with you. A physical exam will also be done. This condition can have many causes. So your doctor may order lab tests to rule out any other medical problem.

How can you care for yourself when you have premature ejaculation?

There are things you can do that may help. For example, try using a condom or double condoms to reduce feeling. Ask your partner to slow or stop stimulating you. Avoid or cut back on alcohol, tobacco, and drugs like marijuana. Talk to your doctor about over-the-counter medicines to help reduce feeling.

What is premature ejaculation?

Premature ejaculation occurs when you ejaculate semen sooner than you want to during sex. This is a common sexual problem.

What causes premature ejaculation?

Most cases of premature ejaculation do not have a clear cause. Premature ejaculation may occur with a new partner. It may happen only in certain sexual situations or if it has been a while since the last ejaculation. Psychological factors such as anxiety, guilt, or depression can also cause it. In some cases, it may be related to a medical problem or a side effect of certain medicines.

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