What is Premature Ejaculation?

Premature ejaculation is defined as ejaculation occurring before or soon after penetration causing significant distress to the patient and/or partner. There is no specific time from when ejaculation “should,” occur.  If ejaculation happens too quickly and is affecting one’s sex life, then it meets the definitions of premature ejaculation. It is quite common affecting up to 25% of men at some point in their lifetime with an increased incidence in the younger population. It is the most common sexual complaint in men in their 20s and 30s.   

This can cause significant anxiety affecting relationships as well as the overall well being for the patient. Do not allow premature ejaculation to impact your quality. Get the care that you need from one of our Urologist who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of premature ejaculation. Listed below are just a few of the many causes of premature ejaculation.

  • Anxiety/Depression
  • Sexual abuse
  • Relationship issues
  • Stress
  • Medication-induced
  • Erectile Dysfunction
  • Chemical imbalance
  • Thyroid issues

What are the types of premature ejaculation?

Premature ejaculation is divided into two types, primary and secondary. Primary is defined as premature ejaculation occurring throughout one’s life and secondary is acquired premature ejaculation due to multiple causes, some of which are listed above.

What causes premature ejaculation?

The act of ejaculation is a complex interplay of signals from hormones and our nervous system. At your initial visit and detailed history and physical will be obtained.  If necessary, we will also obtain laboratory studies to clarify the clinical picture. Following our assessment, our dedicated Urologists will devise a personalized treatment plan based upon the presumed cause and taking YOUR preferences into consideration. 

What are the treatment options for premature ejaculation?

There a multitude of treatments that are available to treat premature ejaculation. Each option is effective when prescribed in the correct clinical scenario. Multiple chemicals play an integral role in the ejaculation pathway and have a deleterious effect. For example, it has been postulated that low Serotonin in the brain can be a possible cause of premature ejaculation, so medications such as Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) have been used with success. Low testosterone can lead to the development of erectile dysfunction, which has been shown to increase the risk of premature ejaculation. Other minimally invasive treatment options that have shown results include topical therapy as well as behavioral modification.

At the Men’s Health Center at the Mciver Clinic, you will work one on one with one of our Board Certified Urologists who specialize in Men’s Health to develop a personalized plan of care that restores your sexual confidence and improve intimacy and overall well being.

To learn more about each of these treatments, please schedule an appointment with one of our specialists today!