22 Jul The 411 on Premature Ejaculation
Premature ejaculation (PE) is often a subject of jokes, especially in television and movies. However, this condition is actually a serious issue that can wreak havoc on a person’s physical and emotional well-being. Even though it affects an estimated 20 to 30 percent of men, most people do not understand what PE is, how it is caused, or if treatments are available. This guide and your medical professional’s help will give you the 411 on premature ejaculation.
Premature Ejaculation Basics
It is important to note that men have no set time on when they should ejaculate. Many experts, though, state men who ejaculate in about one to three minutes may have PE. In addition, PE does not only occur during intercourse. Men may experience PE during masturbation as well.
While surprising to learn, PE breaks down into two different types. Lifelong, or primary, PE occurs all of the time in most cases. This type of PE begins with the first sexual encounter. In contrast, acquired, or secondary, PE develops over time.
Premature Ejaculation Causes
Unfortunately, the exact cause of PE is unknown. However, if you experience PE, you may have an underlying issue affecting your emotional health. For example, living with depression, excess stress, or anxiety can lead to PE. As a matter of fact, many cases of PE stem from a psychological issue.
Often, men who are more experienced sexually seem to suffer from PE less than men who are sexually inexperienced. This could be because the more experienced men have had practice delaying ejaculation. Of course, even if you are experienced, you may feel nervousness or excitement at times, which could lead to PE.
Finally, hormonal imbalances, such as a lack of testosterone, could affect ejaculation. And while rare, certain medical issues can also cause PE. For example, infections or certain injuries may result in PE.
Premature Ejaculation Treatment
PE can cause a great deal of physical distress and embarrassment, which can affect one’s self-esteem. In many cases, these self-esteem issues affect an individual’s daily life and emotional wellness. Many men who deal with premature ejaculation lose their desire to have intimate relationships. Your PE may also negatively affect the relationships you have with your spouse/lover.
It may not be a life-threatening condition, but treating PE can be beneficial, and understanding a possible cause of your premature ejaculation is smart before designing a treatment plan suited to your needs.
If your PE stems from a depression or anxiety disorder, you may want to focus your treatment around your emotional and mental health. Medications and counseling to manage your mental health may also be necessary to improve your sexual experiences.
In a similar way that physical therapy helps reduce pain and restore movement in certain areas of the body, certain exercises can be used to treat or prevent PE. Kegel exercises, for instance, involve tightening the pelvic floor muscles, which can help improve the control you have over your ejaculation. In addition, deep breathing during sexual intercourse and masturbation will help you focus your mind and help to delay ejaculation.
If you experience PE because of a medical issue, further testing may be necessary. Your doctors will need to determine if you have any infection or injury of the ejaculatory system, which may include the penis, urethra, and prostate.
You can also change your diet and learn healthy ways to manage stress, which can also be effective to rebalance testosterone levels. However, if you experience PE because of low testosterone levels, a professional may recommend testosterone replacement therapy.
If you or someone you love is dealing with premature ejaculation, it should be taken seriously. For more information on PE diagnosis and treatment, contact NuMale Medical Center today.