Premature ejaculation (PE) is the inability to control ejaculation shortly after or upon vaginal penetration causing personal distress and/or relationship problem. Premature ejaculation is the most common male sexual dysfunction. It affects over 30% of men during their lifetimes (more than twice the amount affected by ED). While some men may assume that age is a culprit, it is not always the contributing factor. Premature ejaculation can cause strong psychological problems, resulting in depression, frequent arguments with sexual partners, feelings of isolation, and ultimately can lead to marital problems such as divorce.
Risk factors for premature ejaculation vary greatly from individual to individual. The National Health and Social Life Survey lists risk factors such as poor to fair health, high stress levels, and emotional problems such as depression. Many men with premature ejaculation may become frustrated with their sex lives and consequently their relationship, and therefore may not have enjoyable sex. They may feel they have disappointed their sexual partner and consequently experience a severe drop in self esteem. Even though it’s the most common sexual dysfunction, patients still feel uncomfortable discussing it with their sexual partner and especially their physician. An estimated 4 out of 5 men who suffer from PE will not discuss it with their physician. Additionally, over two thirds of men who suffer from ED think that it is “not serious” or will “go away with time,” and try to rationalize the problem instead of treating it.
A healthy lifestyle is the foundation of Dr. Shabsigh’s program for sensational sex. He stresses that the decisions you make about your habits, nutrition, care and stresses along with your principal relationship can all affect sexual function. Making better decisions in all areas of life leads to better sex.
If a physician diagnoses premature ejaculation, treatment options may include behavioral therapy (sex therapy) and lifestyle modifications. Physicians may also prescribe creams or medications. It’s important to review treatment with a physician to identify what will work best.