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Premature Ejaculation

If you seem to finish earlier in bed than you would like, you are not alone. According to the British Association of Urological Surgeons, premature ejaculation affects 20 to 30 percent of men, making it the most common type of sexual dysfunction affecting males.

As the name suggests, premature ejaculation occurs when a man ejaculates sooner than expected – usually within a minute of penetration or stimulation. Keep reading to learn more about the causes and treatments for premature ejaculation.

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What is premature ejaculation?

Premature ejaculation (PE) occurs when a man reaches climax, or “finishes,” sooner than he would like. PE may occur while having sex or while masturbating. While the condition does not cause any long-term health problems, it can cause stress, anxiety, and relationship problems.

PE can be embarrassing and frustrating, both for the man experiencing PE and his partner. Premature ejaculation is a favourite punch line for some comedians, but making fun of PE can cause some men to suffer in silence. Many men feel uncomfortable talking about their problems with their partners or even seeking help from their doctors.

Many men experience early ejaculation at one time in their lives. Sexual inexperience, an extended period between sexual encounters, and nervousness while having sex with a new partner can cause a man to have an orgasm too soon.

How doctors diagnose and describe premature ejaculation

All men are different – some men last longer during sexual encounters than others – so what one person considers “premature” might be the right amount of time for another individual. Doctors typically diagnose premature ejaculation when a man has an orgasm within two minutes of arousal most of the time. Doctors can also help determine the causes of early ejaculation.

Causes of premature ejaculation

Three main factors contribute to an early climax:

  • Psychological factors, such as stress, guilt, anxiety, and lack of confidence
  • Physical factors, including multiple sclerosis, vascular conditions, neurological-related problems, and spinal cord injuries
  • Lifestyle factors, such as the use of alcohol, tobacco, and drugs

Symptoms of premature ejaculation

Duration in bed varies from man to man, but most medical professionals define PE as ejaculation within two minutes of arousal. Almost every man will experience early ejaculation at least once, so a man will usually have to experience an early climax frequently before a doctor diagnoses him as having premature ejaculation.

A man may experience premature ejaculation during a variety of sexual activities, including:

  • Vaginal sex
  • Oral sex
  • Anal sex
  • Masturbation
  • Physical contact

Treatment for premature ejaculation

Treatment for premature ejaculation can benefit any man who reaches climax sooner than he hopes. Several therapies treat premature ejaculation – what works for one man may not necessarily work for another. The treatment approach a doctor may suggest depends largely on the underlying cause for PE, the length of time a man has experienced symptoms, and the regularity at which he has early climaxes.

Couples therapy and other types of psychological treatment can help men and their partners explore issues affecting the relationship. Therapy also provides an opportunity to learn techniques, such as the squeeze technique or the stop-go technique, which help counteract premature ejaculation.

Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) may be helpful in the treatment of PE. Routinely prescribed for depression, SSRIs increase the time before ejaculation by reducing any stress, anxiety or other psychological factors leading to PE. Doctors refer to the use of SSRIs for PE rather than for depression as “off label use,” which means SSRIs are not actually intended for PE.

Prescription medication is the most effective way to help men last longer in bed. One medication in particular, Priligy, effectively treats premature ejaculation. Priligy contains dapoxetine, the first and only prescription medication developed specifically for the treatment of PE. While Priligy is not a cure, it can provide short-term treatment for PE. This modern prescription drug can treat early ejaculation and help you last up to three times longer.

Many medications work best when you use them alongside other medical treatments. This is true with Priligy, too – it works better with other methods that provide long-term relief from premature ejaculation.

How to prevent premature ejaculation

You can prevent premature ejaculation by taking a few simple steps.

1. Identify the source of your PE:

  • Evaluate the psychological, physical or lifestyle factors causing your early ejaculation.
  • Assess whether your PE is a recent problem or a long-term issue.
  • Determine whether your PE is situational or occurs regularly.
  • Consult with your physician or an online affiliate website that connects patients to registered prescribers and a registered pharmacy if you have trouble pinpointing the cause of your PE.

2. Try these tips to last longer:

  • Deep breathing to control arousal and tension that leads to PE
  • Have sex with your partner on top, which allows your partner to pull away when you are close to climax
  • Take breaks during sex to increase the overall duration of your sexual encounter
  • Participate in couples therapy to resolve any psychological factors leading to early ejaculation and to learn other tips to extend your sexual encounters

3. Use products that help you last longer in bed

4. Practice a technique that helps prevent or slow down premature ejaculation:

  • Use the squeeze technique by squeezing the shaft of your penis between your thumb and forefinger just before ejaculation
  • Try the start-stop technique, in which you stop for a short break midway through the sexual encounter

Benefits of preventing and treating premature ejaculation

Premature ejaculation can be embarrassing and frustrating. PE can also negatively affect your sexual performance and put a strain on your relationship. Left untreated, premature ejaculation can cause unnecessary stress and anxiety. Treating premature ejaculation can not only extend your sexual endurance, but can also boost your confidence and foster healthier relationships.

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Prescription Doctor offers MHRA-approved prescription treatments for various conditions, including Priligy, to treat premature ejaculation. We offer quick and discreet services, personally tailored for your unique needs and lifestyle, without the hassle and embarrassment of a face-to-face appointment with your doctor. Simply place an online order for immediate shipment directly from our UK-registered pharmacy. Our all-inclusive service has no hidden fees – prices include consultation and prescription. We offer private and confidential service along with discreet packaging and payment.

Prescription Doctor makes it easy to receive prescription treatment for premature ejaculation. Our doctors review medical questionnaires submitted by customers and prescribe medications when appropriate. After thoroughly reviewing the order, our pharmacy sends your medication in discreet packaging.

Cautions and exclusions

When consulting with our Prescription Doctor healthcare professionals, be sure to mention the medications you may be taking for PE or other conditions. Also, tell our prescriber about any medical conditions you may have and any significant medical conditions in the past.

Frequently asked questions about premature ejaculation.

What is premature ejaculation?

Premature ejaculation occurs when a man reaches climax sooner than intended, usually in less than two minutes, most of the time.

How many men experience premature ejaculation?

20% to 30% of all men experience premature ejaculation at some time in life.

What causes premature ejaculation?

Certain medical conditions, psychological factors, and lifestyle choices can cause early ejaculation.

What are the benefits of treating premature ejaculation?

Treatment for early ejaculation can boost confidence in bed, extend the duration of sexual encounters, and encourage healthier relationships.

How can I last longer in bed?

Make changes to your lifestyle, use prescription drugs and other products that reduce sensitivity, practice squeeze or start-stop techniques, consider therapy, and contact Prescription Doctor for a prescription for Priligy.

What are the treatments for premature ejaculation?

Treatments for premature ejaculation include Priligy to extend the duration of sex, SSRIs to treat anxiety, the use of special condoms and creams, and behaviour modifications, such as deep breathing and the squeeze or start-stop techniques.

What PE treatment should I choose?

The PE treatment you choose depends largely on the cause of your premature ejaculation and your personal preferences. Some men do not feel comfortable engaging in therapy, for example, while others prefer using medications to treat early climax.

I am experiencing premature ejaculation! What should I do?

If you are experiencing premature ejaculation, or you have a partner who is, talk to a healthcare professional about all the available treatments. Prescription Doctor offers Priligy for the treatment of premature ejaculation. Contact Prescription Doctor by visiting our website.

Authored By

Mohamed Imran

Adil Bhaloda

Content Administrator
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Published on: 18/01/2017

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Mohamed Imran

Mohamed Imran Lakhi

MPharm - Lead Pharmacist
This content has been checked for quality and accuracy by Imran Lakhi is the superintendent pharmacist and founder at Prescription Doctor. He has been at the core of our team.

Reviewed on: 27/04/2023
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