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Causes of Premature Ejaculation

Dr Louisa Draper

"In some men, ejaculation problems are caused by an oversensitivity of the penis. If oversensitivity is the cause of sexual issues, using an anaesthetic cream or thicker condom can help to prolong intercourse because it reduces the level of stimulation."

Dr Louisa Draper

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Men who suffer from premature ejaculation ejaculate quickly during or sometimes before sex. A range of physical and psychological problems can contribute to premature ejaculation, for example an oversensitivity of the penis, stress and anxiety.

There is no exact definition of premature ejaculation. While some couples may be happy with sex lasting a certain amount of time, others might find the same duration insufficient. In general terms, ejaculation within less than two minutes is considered to be premature, especially if it happens before penetration. Many couples think that if ejaculation happens within less than ten minutes, it is premature.

Which treatment is suitable for you depends on what is causing premature ejaculation in your case and whether the condition has an impact on your sexual satisfaction.