Are You the 1 In 3 Men at Risk for Premature Ejaculation?

Men at Risk for Premature Ejaculation

One out of every three men in the United States will experience, or have already experienced, premature ejaculation, also known as PE, at some point in their lives (According to the 2011 Global Online Sexuality Survey). It is a common and normal occurrence when it happens infrequently. However, if it becomes chronic, it can present many problems, both physical and psychological, including reduced* sexual function, diminished* sexual satisfaction, depression, anxiety, a tendency to avoid relationships or sexual encounters, and an overall reduction* in the quality of life in general. Some men may be at the risk for premature ejaculation due to various factors like age or underlying health problems. It can affect a man’s confidence and self-esteem, cause stress, relationship problems, and interpersonal difficulties, and may lead to feelings of guilt, disgrace, and shame.

Dealing with PE and its Issues

Around 30% of men who suffer from premature ejaculation suffer from anxiety, especially in sexual situations, and may avoid relationships out of fear of failure and embarrassment. Men already in relationships may become reluctant to engage in any form of intimacy and develop the fear that their partner may become dissatisfied with them and leave.

Men tend to try many methods to treat* PE that range from effective to totally absurd, and in some cases even dangerous:

  • Consumption of alcohol or illegal drugs before sex
  • Looking for a sex partner who has little experience and may not know that this is not normal…
  • Avoiding Sex or decreasing* its frequency
  • Consumption of powdered rhinoceros horn, wild boar testicles, raw oysters (unless you just like eating them…), spells, potions, or other quack ‘cures’.

Women and PE

Women and PE

Women also suffer from the effects of premature ejaculation. Just as in men, it can have both physical and psychological effects. The most obvious is reduced* sexual satisfaction, but can also include difficulty in achieving orgasms, reduced* desire, stress, and relationship problems. Anger, resentment, and abstinence from sexual activity are common.

Common Reactions from Women to Premature Ejaculation

Most women invariably attempt to be understanding, patient and considerate, but when the problem is chronic, no matter how loving a partner is, their patience can eventually wear out. Common reactions are:

  • Surprise, and/or anger
  • Becoming judgmental
  • Questioning their partners’ masculinity
  • Accusing their partner of doing it deliberately just to frustrate them
  • Feeling that their partner is uncaring or inconsiderate
  • Feeling their partner may not really be attracted to them
  • Developing a diminished* or arrested libido
  • Ending the relationship, or worse, cheating on their partner

PE and its Effects on Relationships

PE and Its Effects on Relationships

Relationships are a two-way street. So, we have the man feeling inadequate, ashamed, embarrassed and depressed and the woman feeling angry, frustrated, questioning her womanhood, and depressed…. not a good recipe for a successful relationship. Over time and without treatment, the problem will only grow worse. It usually ends up with a break-up/divorce, cheating, cessation of sex by both partners, and greatly increased stress levels.

Stress can and does cause an erosion of intimacy and create emotional distance between the couple. This is unfortunate, because the condition is very treatable.

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Treatments for Premature Ejaculation

Treatments for PE have a very high success rate, in some cases approaching 90%, depending on the type of treatment and the progression of the condition before seeking treatment.

There are several ways to treat* PE, including medications, topical medications, emotional and psychological therapies and behavioral therapy exercises. Behavioral therapy helps teach control over the ejaculation reflex, by recognition of the sensations prior to ejaculation. Sex Therapists have used this approach successfully for over 45 years.

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Conclusion

Premature ejaculation is a debilitating but common problem. It affects both men and women and can have a devastating effect on relationships and on a person’s well-being. Men of all age groups are at the risk for premature ejaculation hence it is advisable to maintain good health and seek solutions to sexual dysfunction. The good news is that with relatively minimal treatment you can overcome premature ejaculation (like many other men have)

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Contributor : Dr. Zvi Zuckerman (Consumer Health Digest)

This Article Has Been Published on February 29, 2016 and Last Modified on October 4, 2018

Dr. Zvi Zuckerman is a medical doctor and certified sex therapist. He serves as a professional consultant for the Between Us Clinic, which offers the PE Program, an online home exercise program for treating premature ejaculation. Dr. Zuckerman was certified as a supervisor of sex therapy by the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) and as a marital and sex therapist by the Marriage Council of Philadelphia at the University of Pennsylvania.

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