Premature Ejaculation

Understand premature ejaculation and its causes and symptoms.

Premature Ejaculation


Premature ejaculation is when you are unable to control ejaculation, leading to ejaculation occurring sooner than you an your partner want during sexual activity. It is a common sexual complaint but is only considered a problem if you:

  • Always or nearly always ejaculate within 1 to 3 minutes of penetration
  • Are not able to delay ejaculation during sex
  • Feel distressed and frustrated and tend to avoid sexual intimacy as a result


The exact cause of premature ejaculation is not always clear, but it can result from a combination of factors, including:

Psychological factors:

  • Performance anxiety, stress, and psychological pressures related to sexual performance
  • Relationship Problems unresolved conflicts or lack of intimacy within a relationship
  • Stress
  • Depression

Physical factors:

  • Prostate problems
  • Thyroid disorders
  • Fluctuations in hormone levels, especially serotonin, which is involved in mood regulation and ejaculation control
  • Medications
  • Recreational use of drugs that affect the nervous system


The primary symptom of premature ejaculation is that ejaculation occurs sooner than you or your partner wishes. Other symptoms include:

  • Frustration, embarrassment, and anxiety
  • Dissatisfaction and tension in sexual relationships
  • Avoidance of sexual encounters or intimacy

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