Premature ejaculation can affect relationships

Premature ejaculation (PE) affects men both emotionally and physically. PE may cause low self-confidence, anxiety, feelings of shame and avoidance of sexual intimacy. PE can also affect partners, negatively impacting overall quality of life and sexual satisfaction for couples.A recent survey of more than 12,000 men showed that those with PE had worse sex lives than those without it. Men with PE were more likely to report having ‘little interest in sex’, ‘lack of orgasm’ and difficulties achieving or maintaining an erection.

Men with PE also had greater concern about their overall relationship – sometimes even avoiding relationships all together.

Even among couples who feel they are sexually satisfied despite PE, both men and women may feel that there is something missing from their relationship and that this affects their sense of intimacy.

How can premature ejaculation affect your partner?

Women with partners who have premature ejaculation (PE) are less likely to initiate sex due to anxiety over performance. Due to their partner’s inability to control ejaculation during sex, women may feel that they are not doing the right thing. Many women also report feelings of anger and resentment, partly because PE can make it seem as though a man is being selfish in bed.

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Helping your partner with PE

If your partner finds it hard to control ejaculation – either before, or shortly after penetration – it’s important to be there and help him through it.

How to help your partner