Premature ejaculation (PE)—a condition also referred to as rapid ejaculation, premature climax and early ejaculation—affects as many as 1 in 3 men between the ages of 18 and 59 at some point.

The Mayo Clinic defines PE as "when a man ejaculates sooner during sexual intercourse than he or his partner would like." Recurring PE can be challenging for both partners and place a tremendous strain on intimate relationships.

If you suffer from PE, keep two important points in mind: You're not alone, and treatments are available. While PE is still undergoing research, a solution exists for almost all cases.

Causes of premature ejaculation

Research is yet to pinpoint a single specific cause for all cases of premature ejaculation. Instead, doctors believe PE results from a combination of both psychological and physiological factors.

Some reported examples of psychological causes include: