PE can also be present alongside other types of sexual dysfunction, such as erectile dysfunction, but this cannot be treated at the same time.
The simplest description of PE is that a man orgasms (ejaculates) too quickly during sexual intercourse2. There is no standard time of how long you should be able to have sex before ejaculating. Despite common misconception, studies have shown the average time is around five and a half minutes.2,4 You should remember, it is not how long it lasts, but what feel right for you and your partner.
There are several different possible causes of PE. For instance, PE that always been a problem, sometimes described as primary PE, could be due to having a traumatic sexual experience at an early age, a strict upbringing and beliefs about sex or a biological cause such as increased sensitivity. PE that has recently started happening where previously there has been little or no issue, described as secondary PE, could be due to a physical cause such as alcohol and drugs or prostate or thyroid problems. Secondary PE can also be caused by physiological factors such as anxiety and depression, stress or relationship problems.
Whatever the cause of your PE, it can be effectively managed by medical treatment, self-help or behavioural techniques or a combination of both4.