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Premature Ejaculation Meaning, Symptoms, Diagnosis & Treatment

Dr. Pankaj Mandale 17346 Views
Updated: 19 Jan 2024
Published: 20 Feb 2023
Causes of Premature Ejaculation

Men often suffer from sexual problems that take a toll on their lives. Some problems lead to unsatisfactory sex life and relationship issues. Sometimes, men are too shy to speak of sexual problems, which is not a good thing. There might be a cure for your sexual problem, but only if you seek medical attention at the right time. Premature ejaculation is one such problem that might ruin the sex life of individuals. Many marriages and relationships have suffered due to premature ejaculation. However, you don’t have to worry, as doctors have successfully treated premature ejaculation in the past. Read on to understand the causes of premature ejaculation.

What Exactly is Premature Ejaculation?

When semen is ejaculated too early from the penis, it is referred to as premature ejaculation. Semen might leave the body early during sex or masturbation. Either way, it might lead to numerous sexual issues. It is crucial to note that premature ejaculation is common among men, yet most men stay silent about it. Do you know that one in every three men has complained of premature ejaculations at some point in their life? A man that ejaculates within 1 -3 minutes of penetration at all times might have the problem of premature ejaculation. 

When men fail to delay ejaculation most of the time during sex, they have the problem of premature ejaculation. If your semen has left the body too early once a year, you might not be having the problem of premature ejaculation. Due to semen leaving the body too early, men might feel depressed or frustrated. As a result, they might lose their sexual drive or stay away from sexual intimacy. However, ignoring a sexual problem will not treat it. With the right treatment, men can delay ejaculation during sexual activities. Many partners have successfully rejuvenated their sexual life after seeking medical attention. Before understanding how to stop premature ejaculation, let us understand the common symptoms. 

Understanding the Symptoms of Premature Ejaculation 

The primary symptom is semen leaving the body too early during sex. Besides sex, semen might leave the body too early during masturbation. Usually, people suffering from the condition ejaculate within one to three minutes of sex or masturbation. The condition is classified into two types, lifelong and acquired. People suffering from lifelong premature ejaculation face issues from the first sexual encounter. Some people might develop premature ejaculation after many sexual encounters. One should also know that experiencing premature ejaculation once in a blue moon might not qualify you for diagnosis. When frequent premature ejaculation is observed, you need to seek medical attention. Some common symptoms of premature ejaculation are as follows: 

  • No control over semen leaving the body 
  • Ejaculation in less than three minutes of penetration at all times 
  • Distress and frustration 
  • Anxiety regarding performance during sex 

After experiencing any of the aforementioned symptoms, it is not recommended to sit quietly. Seek medical attention immediately and rejuvenate your sex life. Shyness will take you nowhere, and you might experience relationship problems. Since premature ejaculation is treatable, there’s no point in hiding it. 

Understanding the Causes of Premature Ejaculation

causes of pre mature ejaculation

Before knowing the available treatments, let us understand the causes of premature ejaculation. Some common causes of lifelong premature ejaculation are as follows: 

  • Excessive masturbation during teenage 
  • Experiences like sexual assault 
  • Improper body image 

Some causes of acquired premature ejaculation are as follows: 

  • Fear of not lasting long during sex (performance anxiety) 
  • Relationship or marriage issues 
  • Improper levels of sexual hormones 
  • Improper neurotransmitter levels in the body 
  • Prostate infection 
  • Urethra infection 
  • Poor genetics 
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Stress 

As you can see, there are numerous causes of premature ejaculation. Medical experts advise teenagers not to masturbate excessively, as it might lead to sexual problems. One should be aware of the common causes of premature ejaculation and try to avoid them. By avoiding some activities like excessive masturbation during teenage or unwanted stress, men can lead a happy sex life. Sexual problems also affect the partners of men, as they lead unsatisfactory sex lives. However, the condition can be treated, and men can gain control over ejaculation. 

Diagnosis for Premature Ejaculation

The condition is self-diagnosable, meaning one identifies it by themselves. When one starts ejaculating too early, most or all times during sex, they might suffer from premature ejaculation. Usually, doctors use the patient’s sexual history to diagnose the condition. If the patient says that he has been ejaculating too early since the first sexual encounter, the doctor might diagnose him with lifelong premature ejaculation. If someone has started ejaculating too early after many sexual encounters, it might be acquired premature ejaculation. Once a patient is diagnosed with the condition, several lab tests are required to determine the causes of premature ejaculation

Doctors might ask individuals to take blood tests to determine the cause of a sexual problem. Sometimes, abnormal hormonal levels lead to premature ejaculation in men. For the same rationale, doctors might ask patients to take Testosterone Total or Testosterone Free tests. Doctors might call for any other test depending on the condition and symptoms of a patient. In any case, patients should seek medical attention immediately and let the doctor identify the cause of premature ejaculation. 

Understanding the Treatment(s) for Premature Ejaculation 

Urologists and psychotherapists have several treatments for premature ejaculation. It is all about the treatment which suits a particular patient. Many people have successfully delayed ejaculation by self-care. Premature ejaculation behavioural treatment is also offered by the concerned doctors. Some people also have sought help from Ayurveda to gain control over their ejaculation. Different types of treatment for premature ejaculation are as follows: 


Studies have proved that stress and anxiety might lead to poor performance during sex. One might try yoga or other relaxation techniques to reduce stress and performance anxiety. Exercising can also help individuals to gain control over their ejaculation. Experts recommend pelvic floor exercises to delay ejaculation during sexual activities. Sometimes, using climax-control condoms might also help delay ejaculation during sexual activities. Studies have also shown that giving up on drugs, tobacco, and alcohol might treat premature ejaculation. 

Diet-related treatment 

One should know about the foods to cure premature ejaculation. Some food items that might cure premature ejaculation are as follows: 

  • Food items rich in zinc help delay ejaculation during sex. Food items rich in zinc, like pork, nut, and chicken, might prove helpful in treating premature ejaculation. 
  • Food items rich in Vitamin D might help individuals delay ejaculation during sex. One should try eating tuna and salmon to delay ejaculation during sex. 

Doctors often suggest avoiding food items rich in sugar, as they might not help to recover from premature ejaculation. Don’t plan your diet alone to treat premature ejaculation. Let the doctor or a dietician suggest the right foods to cure premature ejaculation


Doctors rely heavily on medication to treat sexual problems. Serotonin reuptake inhibitors are used to cure premature ejaculation related to stress. Men can use desensitizing creams to delay ejaculation during sex. 

Key Takeaway 

One should not hide a condition like premature ejaculation, as it might ruin your sex life. However, with regular testing and treatment, one can recover from the sexual condition. Take a Testosterone Total/Free test to determine the relationship between premature ejaculation and hormonal imbalance!

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