Premature Ejaculation | Overview

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What is premature ejaculation?

Premature ejaculation happens when a man has an orgasm sooner than he or his partner would like. Premature ejaculation can happen before or shortly after penetration.

There is no set time for how long a man should “last” during sex. But when a man has an orgasm before he wants to, he loses his erection and can’t continue with intercourse. Premature ejaculation can be frustrating and embarrassing. You may feel you don’t have enough time to enjoy sex. You may have difficulty satisfying your partner. For some men, embarrassment about premature ejaculation can cause problems with intimacy and damage their relationships.

Premature ejaculation is a common problem among men. About 30% to 40% of men have this problem at some time in their lives.

Written by familydoctor.org editorial staff

Reviewed/Updated: 02/11
Created: 06/09

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