Before you begin looking into treatments for premature ejaculation, you should understand the specific type of PE that you have and how these conditions are diagnosed. If you have only had this problem for a short time, you likely have secondary PE which is not nearly as serious as it seems. Primary PE typically affects men from the time that they first have sex until their later years. Knowing what specific type of premature ejaculation is affecting you will help your doctor to make the best diagnosis and suggest the best and most effective treatment method.
Premature ejaculation is the most commonly reported form of sexual dysfunction. It affects nearly half of all men in the United States alone and because there is no distinctive variable for how long it should take for you to ejaculate, it can be very hard to diagnose properly. The problem is often just a need for a longer ejaculation period due to the want for more sexual satisfaction for a partner. The condition is much more commonly found in younger men, particularly those who are less experienced and will often resolve itself with age.
According to medical dictionaries premature ejaculation is defined as reaching climax or orgasm before the man or his partner wishes to do so. Researchers use a stopwatch in order to define just how premature ejaculation is. Again, there are varying beliefs on what constitutes premature. Some men who feel that they are affected with PE can last for several minutes during intercourse before ejaculation occurs. Others may simply last only a few seconds. Studies have shown that the average ejaculation time during vaginal intercourse is around six minutes for men between the ages of 18 and 30. You can also define premature ejaculation by how long you want to last or how long your partner wants you to last before you reach climax.
The symptoms of premature ejaculation may vary from man to man. Many may feel that they are affected by PE but can last for several minutes. Your doctor may order a complete workup or physical examination just to rule out other medical conditions or disorders that could be contributing to the problem. PE is often characterized as a lack of control over orgasm and one that interferes with the psychological or sexual well-being of the man or his partner. This is also often referred to as rapid ejaculation.
Your doctor will explain various potential causes of premature ejaculation with you. There are a number of factors that can cause PE and many that may contribute to the condition. Many psychological factors affect the condition. Anxiety and stress are actually two of the most commonly reported causes of PE along with certain medications, prostate issues and a number of other medical problems. Low levels of serotonin in the body can also cause you to ejaculate much sooner than you anticipate. When diagnosing PE, your doctor may order a test that will check your serotonin levels. If it turns out that you have low levels of this vital hormone, there are medications that you can take as well as certain foods that you can eat to raise your levels to normal.
Thyroid disorders, urethra infections and damage to the central nervous system can also be the cause of your premature ejaculation. Again, your doctor will perform a number of tests to rule out these and other conditions that could be causing your problem. If the problem is psychological, your doctor can recommend various treatments and techniques that could help you to teach your body better control over your ejaculation time. He or she may also recommend a psychologist to help you to treat any anxiety or other mental related conditions that could also be contributing to the problem.
Communication is very important in a proper diagnosis and finding the right treatment method. Be completely honest and upfront with your doctor about what is going on. Answer any and all questions truthfully in order to ensure that you receive the proper diagnosis for your condition.