Understanding PE?

What is premature ejaculation?

Premature ejaculation (PE) is the most common sexual medical condition in men,1 yet most men with PE do not feel comfortable talking about it or asking for help and therefore don’t receive the treatment they need.2

PE means that ejaculation happens before or within a couple of minutes of sexual intercourse. Men with this condition often find it very difficult to control and delay ejaculation, which can have negative consequences on the way they feel about themselves and about sex.3

Men of any age can experience PE and it can develop at any time. For example men can have PE from their first sexual experience (lifelong PE) or it can develop later in their lives after many years without ejaculation problems (acquired PE).4,5 49% of men say that they sometimes ejaculated prematurely.4

Even so, only 9% of men with PE actually seek advice from their doctor; probably due to the personal nature of the condition as many men find it embarrassing and difficult to talk about.8 Nevertheless, it is important to remember that PE is a medical condition and there are treatment options available that can help to overcome it.9

Talking to a doctor can be the first step in overcoming PE and can help men with PE obtain the healthy and satisfying sex lives that they deserve.

Around one in five men suffer from PE making it more common than erectile dysfunction (ED).1,6,7

Is PE the same as ED?

PE is often confused with ED, and around a third of patients with erectile dysfunction also have PE.2 PE is more common than ED and is equally present across all adult age-groups, whilst ED is more common in older men and also linked to a number of other health conditions.4

Men with PE are able to get and sustain an erection, but often find it very difficult to control and delay ejaculation.1 In contrast, men with ED are unable to get or sustain an erection long enough to have satisfactory sex.

In some cases, PE and ED can form a vicious cycle. A man with PE trying to control his ejaculation may reduce his level of excitation, leading to a loss of erection.9 On the other hand, a high level of performance anxiety related to ED may worsen or lead to PE.5,9

In both cases, talking to a doctor to get the right diagnosis is essential.

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