Talk to your doctor about premature ejaculation
When it comes to premature ejaculation, the good news is that there are treatments available. It’s not something you or your partner needs to live with. Raising the topic can, of course, be embarrassing. However, it’s important to realise that your doctor deals with sexual health matters on a very routine basis. Remember too, that premature ejaculation is common – affecting up to 1 in 3 men.
Here are a few tips to make the process a little less intimidating:
Before your appointment
1. Take the PE test
If you’re unsure whether or not you suffer from premature ejaculation, you can take our quick, online questionnaire. When you’re done, you may also want to print out your results. They can be an easy way to raise the issue with your doctor.
2. Talk with your partner
If you’re comfortable doing so, having an open conversation with your partner may help clarify things for you, or give you a clearer understanding of your symptoms. Of course, you only need to have this conversation when the time is right for you.
3. Write some notes
If you think you’re likely to find the doctor’s visit a little uncomfortable, then it can help to write some notes to refer to. You may wish to write these with your partner.
4. Watch this video
Feeling nervous about going to the doctor to discuss premature ejaculation? Don’t worry – it’s normal!
At your appointment
1. Focus on what’s important
Premature ejaculation is a common problem, and doctors discuss sexual health matters on a daily basis. Even though you may feel embarrassed at first, try to focus on the possible outcome – and how it would feel to regain control over your sex life.
2. Get the conversation started
When you meet with your doctor, here are a few ways you may want to bring up the topic:
“I have a sexual health matter I would like to discuss.”
“I’ve heard there are some treatments available for premature ejaculation, and I wanted to see if they would be relevant for me.”