What causes premature ejaculation?
A number of emotional and physical factors can lead to premature ejaculation. It may happen when a man becomes too excited or stimulated, or if his penis is very sensitive. It may also happen if a man is nervous or uncomfortable with a new partner. Other common causes include the following:
- Anxiety about performance
- Guilty feelings
- Relationship problems
Men who have a low amount of a special chemical called serotonin in their brain may have problems with premature ejaculation.
Is premature ejaculation a sign of a serious health problem?
Not in most cases. Rarely, premature ejaculation results from a serious health problem, such as nervous system damage from surgery or trauma.
Written by familydoctor.org editorial staff