As is the case with many sexual health issues, people who suffer are often reluctant to talk about it. It is reported that sexual dysfunction of some sort is experienced by 31% of men at some point in their lives, but some men are afraid to speak about their ejaculation problems. Fortunately, ejaculation related problems are often treatable.
Premature ejaculation is the most common ejaculation issue, the problem being that the male ejaculates too quickly during sexual intercourse.
The question may be how quick is too quickly? This will vary from person to person. It may be that a man who tends to ejaculate too quickly can bring his partner to the brink of orgasm before penetration, and they both climax at the same time, and everybody's happy! However, it may be that they would like the pleasure to last longer for both of them.
Both physiological and psychological factors can cause premature ejaculation. Most cases of premature ejaculation are down to an inability to control the ejaculatory response with some men ejaculating early as they are in fear of losing their erection
Some physical conditions in older men may cause issues:-
Early sexual experience may be involved in forming future ejaculatory patterns, for instance, the initial nervousness and hurry in the fumblings of youth such as fear of discovery and other unsatisfactory early sexual encounters.
Psychological causes include depression, stress, relationship problems, and performance anxiety. In addition, there may have been some past conditions such as having been caught masturbating as a child, sexual abuse, or a strict religious background that is the underlying reason behind premature ejaculation.
There are measures that can be trialed before seeking medical help:-
In delayed ejaculation, the sufferer finds it very difficult to ejaculate even though he wants to, and he is receiving sufficient stimulation to facilitate this. The ejaculation will either be significantly delayed or won't happen at all.
Causes may be physical or psychological in origin or a mixture of both.
Physical causes include:-
Psychological causes are likely to be very similar to those for premature ejaculation, such as early sexual experience, childhood traumas, strict upbringing, relationship problems, depression, anxiety, and stress.
Currently, there are no drug therapies approved for the treatment of delayed ejaculation, but if the sufferer finds the condition distressing, then they may benefit from sex therapy.
Retrograde ejaculation is a rare type of ejaculation problem, and it occurs when semen travels back into the bladder instead of down through the urethra. The main symptoms include the production of no or very little semen during ejaculation and producing cloudy urine when first going to the toilet after intercourse (as a result of there being semen in the urine).
Nerve or muscle damage around the neck of the bladder. These nerves and muscles usually prevent semen from traveling into the bladder as they close during orgasm. If they are damaged, they may not close during orgasm, and so the semen never makes its way to the urethra.
Prostate gland or bladder surgery are common causes of retrograde ejaculation, but it may also be caused by diabetes and multiple sclerosis along with alpha-blockers, which are used to treat hypertension (high blood pressure).
As men with retrograde ejaculation can still enjoy a healthy sex life, they may not choose to seek treatment, and it has no ill effects on the general health of the sufferer. However, if the sufferer wants to father a child he may choose treatment; there are several options:-
Anejaculation occurs when the sensation of ejaculation is felt, but no ejaculate is produced at all. This is a rare condition, and the leading causes are:-
This condition would only be treated if fertility was a problem.