The words "premature ejaculation" might elicit either a snicker or a sense of embarrassment. After all, men take pride in their sexual stamina and prowess.

Premature ejaculation (PE) is relatively self-explanatory, but to be clear, it is the term for when a man ejaculates sooner than he or his partner would like. But premature ejaculation isn't reserved for the inexperienced. Estimates indicate about one-third of all men have experienced premature ejaculation at some point in their lives.

While PE may be the subject of jokes, its long-term effects have been well-chronicled. Men who regularly ejaculate prematurely face struggles with depression, psychogenic erectile dysfunction (ED), interpersonal relationships, self-image, decreased sexual pleasure and a drop in sexual desire.

Causes of premature ejaculation

The circumstances of sexual performance are never a one-size-fits-all situation.