Premature ejaculation occurs when a man ejaculates sooner during sexual intercourse than average expected time. Premature ejaculation is a common sexual complaint. As many as 1 out of 3 men say they experience this problem at some time. As long as it happens infrequently, it’s not cause for concern.
Diagnostic criteria for premature ejaculation if you:
- Always or nearly always ejaculate within one minute of penetration
- Are unable to delay ejaculation during intercourse all or nearly all of the time
- Feel distressed and frustrated, and tend to avoid sexual intimacy as a result
Both psychological and biological factors can play a role in premature ejaculation. Although many men feel embarrassed to talk about it, premature ejaculation is a common and treatable condition. Medications, counseling and sexual techniques that delay ejaculation — or a combination of these — can help improve sex for you and your partner.