Premature ejaculation occurs when a man ejaculates before he or his partner would like. This typically happens within the first minute of penetration or other sexual contact.

There is no singular cause for premature ejaculation; it typically varies from person to person. Both psychological and physiological factors contribute to it.

Psychological factors include:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety about sexual performance
  • A history of sexual abuse
  • Guilt surrounding sexual activity
  • Low self-esteem

Physiological factors include:

  • Hormone imbalances
  • Inflammation or infection in the urethra or prostate
  • Chemical imbalances in the brain

Other factors

Individuals who struggle with erectile dysfunction (ED) or excessive stress are also at greater risk of experiencing premature ejaculation, according to experts. If a man is worried he may lose his erection, he may rush his sexual interaction, which in turn may result in premature ejaculation.

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