Ejaculation occurs when a man reaches sexual climax and semen is ejected from his penis. Premature ejaculation is:
Ejaculation before the man wishes it to occur
Ejaculation too quickly to sexually satisfy his partner
Many men have premature ejaculation at one time or another. It is only a problem when it happens often.
Ejaculation happens after a certain degree of sexual stimulation. Men can take steps to delay the process. Premature ejaculation often happens when a man is not able to recognize that he is about to ejaculate.
Psychological factors may also lead to premature ejaculation. This may include problems with a partner, guilt about sex, or fears related to sex.
In rare cases, premature ejaculation can be caused by:
Premature ejaculation. Family Doctor—American Academy of Family Physicians website. Available at: https://familydoctor.org/condition/premature-ejaculation. Accessed September 4, 2020.
What is premature ejaculation? Urology Care Foundation website. Available at: http://www.urologyhealth.org/urologic-conditions/premature-ejaculation?article=122. Accessed September 4, 2020.
Last reviewed September 2020 by
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Adrienne Carmack, MD
Last Updated: 01/05/2021
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