Premature Ejaculation

Premature ejaculation happens when a man reaches orgasm sooner than he or his partner would like during sex. One out of 3 men may be affected by this problem at some time. Premature ejaculation may resolve on its own over time without medical treatment. But medical treatments are available if it happens often.


The main symptom of premature ejaculation is an uncontrolled orgasm that happens before or after sexual penetration. Premature ejaculation happens with little sexual stimulation before both partners want it to happen. It may happen in any sexual situation, including masturbation.

Most cases of premature ejaculation do not have a clear cause. It may happen:
- With a new partner.
- In certain sexual situations.
- If it has been a long time since the last ejaculation.

Psychological factors such as anxiety, guilt or depression can cause premature ejaculation. In some cases, premature ejaculation may be related to an underlying medical cause. It may be caused by hormonal problems or an injury. It may be a side effect of certain medicines.

Treatment options for premature ejaculation include sexual therapy, medications and psychotherapy. For many men, a combination of these treatments works best.