Get the facts about premature ejaculation

Premature ejaculation (PE) is more than just feeling like you want to last a little longer in bed. PE is a medical condition that can affect any man and is defined by three key features:

  • A short time between penetration and ejaculation (or ejaculation before penetration)
  • Feeling unable to control ejaculation
  • Unhappiness or difficulties caused by premature ejaculation

These issues can lead to decreased sexual satisfaction and quality of life for men and their partners.

What is the full impact of PE?

PE can affect men physically and emotionally. It goes beyond them, their partners might suffer too.

Learn more about the impact

The Two Forms of PE

Men can have PE from the first time they have sex (lifelong PE), or develop it later in life, even after many years of normal ejaculatory experience (acquired PE).

What’s the difference between ‘normal’ ejaculation and premature ejaculation?

Ejaculation is a reflex action controlled by the brain and the nervous system. In men with PE, the mechanism of ejaculation is the same as in men without PE. It just happens much more quickly and with a diminished sense of control.

Think about sneezing as another reflex and how hard it is to control. In some ways, PE is the same – men can feel that it is about to happen but they cannot do anything to stop it.

How is premature ejaculation different?

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What causes PE?

Scientists now recognise PE as a biological issue that can be treated. It also affects a much larger spectrum of men than currently believed.

Causes of PE and who has it

How do I treat PE?

Premature ejaculation is a defined medical condition according to the International Society for Sexual Medicine (ISSM), so the best person to talk to is your doctor.

Take the PE test Talking to your doctor

How do I treat PE?

Premature ejaculation is a defined medical condition according to the International Society for Sexual Medicine (ISSM), so the best person to talk to is your doctor.

Take the PE test Talking to your doctor