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Unique Study Helps Uncover Premature Ejaculation

Most Common Male Sexual Problem Is About More Than Timing

More Than Timing

Premature ejaculation is about more than timing. It's a very distressing condition for men -- and their partners.

Nearly 75% of men with premature ejaculation rated their control over ejaculation and their satisfaction with intercourse as poor or very poor compared with just 5% of other men.

Most men with premature ejaculation also said they were "quite a bit" or "extremely" personally distressed compared to very few of the other men. And a third of the men reported relationship problems.

Interestingly, the men's partners reported less distress associated with premature ejaculation then the men themselves.

Causes of Premature Ejaculation

In some cases, premature ejaculation is caused by psychological factors, including a strict religious background that causes the man to view sex as sinful, a lack of attraction for a partner, and past traumatic events.

Or it can be due to the man's nervousness over how well he will perform during sex.

But most cases of premature ejaculation do not have a clear cause.

Taking Care of Premature Ejaculation

Premature ejaculation may resolve on its own. Relaxation techniques or distraction methods help some men delay ejaculation. Stopping or cutting down alcohol, tobacco, or illegal drugs can also help.

Certain techniques, such as controlling the sensations that lead up to ejaculation and slowing or stopping stimulation, can help. Wearing a condom to decrease sensitivity and different sexual positions may also help.

Counseling can help if anxiety is thought to be the cause.

Medications are also available to help treat premature ejaculation. A side effect of antidepressants known as SSRIs, such as Prozac, Paxil, and Zoloft, is delayed ejaculation. This makes them a good treatment for men with premature ejaculation.

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