Premature ejaculation is a common sexual problem that can be caused by psychological and physical factors. Find out all you need to know here.
Premature ejaculation is a common sexual problem where a man reaches orgasm and ejaculates more quickly than he or his partner wishes. It most commonly occurs when sexual excitement is particularly high such as when the man is new to sexual activity or when he is with a new partner.
Some scientific researchers define it as occurring when, during half or more of their sexual activities, a man ejaculates before his partner has orgasmed. There is a wide variety in people’s desires regarding their preferred length of intercourse. On average, men between the ages of 18 and 30 experience a delay of 6.5 minutes between entry of the penis into the vagina and the beginning of ejaculation (Intraveginal Ejaculation Latency Time or IELT). Premature ejaculation can be defined as an IELT of less than 2 minutes, but if the man and his partner are happy with his performance then they may not consider him to be suffering from premature ejaculation.
Premature ejaculation can be caused by psychological and physical factors. Psychological factors include excitement, depression, stress, performance anxiety due to worries over previous incidences of premature ejaculation and communication difficulties. Physical factors include opioid withdrawal and genetic predisposition.
If you believe you or your partner may be suffering from premature ejaculation you can visit your doctor to rule out any other medical problems. Sex therapists have developed several techniques for dealing with premature ejaculation including:
1) Breathing deeply as you feel the approach of climax to interrupt the ejaculation reflex.
2) Spending 10-20 seconds squeezing the area below your tip of your penis as you feel the approach of climax.
3) Distracting yourself with non-sexual thoughts.
4) Taking breaks in sexual stimulation during foreplay and intercourse.
5) Communicating honestly with your partner to ward of performance anxiety and stress.
6) There are many other premature ejaculation cures out there so no need to worry.
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