What is premature ejaculation?
Premature ejaculation (PE) is a common sexual dysfunction in which ejaculation occurs too quickly. Specifically, PE is diagnosed if ejaculation occurs within 1 minute of penetration at least 75% of the time. This can leave both partners unsatisfied and can damage relationships and sexual fulfillment.
Premature ejaculation is not unusual. Approximately 30-70% of males in the US are affected in their lifetime. PE was once considered a psychological disorder, but recent research suggests physical, neurological and biochemical causes may also be involved.
Premature ejaculation can be related to a range of different organs, including the following:
- Male reproductive organs: penis, prostate, testicles and seminal vesicles (tubes that carry sperm from the testicles).
- Nerves: spinal nerves and nerves that carry information to and from the male reproductive organs.
- Female reproductive organs: The female reproductive organs may not have been stimulated enough to achieve orgasm.