Premature ejaculation (PE) can profoundly affect a man's self-image and ability to stay in relationships. Over time, it can cause deep and scarring emotional damage.

However, there are ways your doctor can help.

We'll define PE and identify some potential underlying causes within the framework of six questions to ask your doctor if you think you're experiencing the condition.

1. What is PE?

Premature ejaculation is largely subjective, meaning it's generally defined as when a man ejaculates sooner than he or his partner would like during sexual intercourse.

The Mayo Clinic defines PE as when a man:

  • Always or almost always ejaculates within 60 seconds of entering his partner
  • Is unable to control or delay his ejaculation during sex all or most of the time
  • Finds this situation upsetting or frustrating, driving him to avoid sexual contact

Studies suggest both psychological and biological causes of PE. With up to a third of men