What is Premature Ejaculation (PE)?
Premature ejaculation is a disorder where ejaculation occurs within 1 minute of the beginning of intercourse/penetration and causes distress to the individual or couple involved. Sometimes called “rapid ejaculation,” PE is the most prevalent sexual issue among men.
Is premature ejaculation treatable?
PE is treatable, yet can take time and patience may be needed. Depending on the cause, PE may take minutes to weeks to years to be solvable. There are two types of PE documented: Lifelong Premature Ejaculation and Acquired Premature Ejaculation. Lifelong PE has effected a person since their first sexual experience. Acquired PE has a starting point after a person first sexual experience. Some men experience subjective PE that is not really PE, but they truly believe that ejaculation occurs too quickly. Other men experience variable PE which is an inconsistent experience with PE.
What types of treatment are helpful for premature ejaculation?
Premature ejaculation is treatable by a sex therapist with cooperation and practice by the client throughout the week on their own time using skills and activities learned during therapy sessions. Medications can also be effective as to help with symptoms while underlying issues are being worked on to help solve the main problem. Medications that can be helpful would be the same medications that are helpful for depression. A doctor can prescribe an antidepressant to help increase intercourse time prior to ejaculation. However, side effects are possible. There are skills that can be learned from a sex therapist such as the “start-stop” method that with continual practice and use may help to lengthen intercourse. Although there are several techniques that may be helpful, a certified sex therapist can help find the right treatment for you and help you understand how to use these techniques appropriately. Treatment may have a better prognosis when a long-term partner or spouse is involved and understands PE, as well as, how to provide help and assistance to their partner. REMEMBER, patience and perseverance are important.
Should I be embarrassed if I have premature ejaculation?
Men with premature ejaculation may feel shame or guilt because of their condition. Their partners may get aggravated because intercourse ends quickly and they may not feel satisfied. However, sex therapy combined with relationship counseling can help with communication and connection to help a couple find ways to improve pleasure and lovemaking while learning ways to increase intercourse duration. Unfortunately, guilt and shame add to “pressure” and anxiety that triggers a decreased ability to focus on the moment. Inability to be in tune with your own pleasure may lead to less control.
What do I do now?
Call me! 706-955-0230 Just talking to someone who is educated about PE is the most important step to improving premature ejaculation. It helps to involve your partner. There are medications that may help in the short term. Working with a medical doctor and a sex therapist in the long term would help solve the underlying concern.