Premature ejaculation (PE) is when a man can’t control ejaculation and comes earlier than liked, usually in the first minute or two of sex. It tends to happen to younger men. It’s only an issue if it’s bothering you or a partner. If you’re happy with your sex life, there’s no need for treatment.
Psychological and physical factors can both play a part in PE. It’s thought that stress and performance anxiety can cause it, along with depression or relationship issues.
For some men, oversensitivity of the penis can cause ejaculation problems, as can nerve damage. Occasionally PE can be a symptom of a more serious medical condition, like prostate problems.
You can try self-help techniques at home to help you last longer in bed. It can make a difference to:
Premature ejaculation and erectile dysfunction (ED) can both impact your sex life but they aren’t the same condition and they’re not treated the same way. PE is when a man comes earlier than he or his partner would like. ED is when a man can’t get, or keep, an erection. If you’re affected by ED, we have treatments that can help.
Page last reviewed by: Dr. Christina Hennessey 21/06/2021