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Symptoms and causes of premature ejaculation

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A lot many people suffer from premature ejaculation. The number is increasing because more and more people are opening up about having problem in erection and keeping it for the required duration.

It happens when you ejaculate sooner during sexual intercourse. It is a common sexual complaint. If it happens infrequently, than you should not be concerned about it but if it happens most of the time than it's a serious concern.

You may have premature ejaculation any of the following happens in your case-

  • You ejaculate within one minute of penetration always or nearly always
  • All or nearly all of the time, you are not able to delay ejaculation during intercourse
  • As a result of that, you feel distressed and frustrated, and so you try to avoid sexual intimacy

Premature ejaculation may be a result of both psychological and biological factors. It is a very much treatable condition and different treatment options such as medicines, counselling and sexual techniques can help you to achieve delayed ejaculation.


The most common and prominent symptoms of premature ejaculation is simply the inability to delay ejaculation. You cannot last longer than one minute after penetration. This is a problem that you may see in all sexual situations including masturbation.

Premature ejaculation is generally classified into two classes-lifelong or primary and acquired or secondary.

Lifelong or primary-some people may suffer from lifelong premature ejaculation. In that case, it happens right from the beginning with your first sexual encounter.

Acquired or secondary-this condition may develop after you had some sexual experiences without any premature ejaculation problem.

Even though at some point of time you may feel that you have some symptoms which match premature ejaculation, however, the diagnostic criteria for premature ejaculation may not meet those symptoms. Some of those people may have natural variable premature ejaculation and which can be very common for many people.

Causes of premature ejaculation

What causes premature ejaculation? The exact causes of premature is a collection is not yet known. There may be psychological, or biological causes of this problem.

Psychological causes

The following psychological factors may play a role in premature ejaculation problem-

  • Early sexual experiences
  • Sexual abuse
  • Depression
  • Worrying about premature ejaculation
  • Poor body image
  • Guilty feelings that increase your tendency to rush through sexual encounters

Some other psychological factors may also play a role in developing premature ejaculation.

Erectile dysfunction

Some people are very anxious about achieving and then maintaining an erection during sexual intercourse and it can result in rushing to ejaculation.


People who suffer from anxiety may develop premature ejaculation. If the person is worried about his sexual performance and other related issues, then it can show up as premature ejaculation problem.

Relationship problems

If you have problems in your relationship, that may show up in the form of premature ejaculation. If you do not have a satisfying sexual relationship with your partner or partners, in that case premature ejaculation may happen infrequently. The relationship issues between you and your partners are causing the problem.

Biological causes

There may be several biological factors which can result in premature ejaculation. Such biological causes include-

  • Abnormal hormone levels
  • Abnormal levels of brain chemicals called neurotransmitters
  • Inflammation and infection of the prostate or urethra
  • Inherited traits

Risk factors

There are some risk factors which can contribute to premature ejaculation. The two main an important risk factors are erectile dysfunction and stress. People who suffer from erectile dysfunction or people who are under tremendous stress may suffer from premature ejaculation problem.


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