Premature ejaculation could be correlated to anogenital distance

A relationship could exist between the anogenital distance and the probability of suffering from premature ejaculation in men. It isn’t the easiest connection to make, but it is more easily understood by a specialist. It’s an anatomical detail that has been linked in the past ten years to the abnormal maturing of the male reproductive organ caused by an exposure to androgens, and in particular testosteron, during fetal development.

There is evidence that the anogenital distance can be a rather trustworthy indicator of male reproductive potential, with a decrease in fertility as the proximity between the base of the penis and the anus increases. But as it relates to premature ejaculation, a disorder whose etiopathogenesis is little understood, we know even less. To shed some light on the question, a study was conducted by the researchers at the Fatih Sultan Mehmet Training and Research Hospital in Istanbul, and published in the journal Andrologia. 150 men between the ages of 18 to 55 were recruited and divided into two groups based on results obtained with the premature ejacultaion diagnostic toolkit (PEDT), a diagnostic tool used to evaluate the probability of suffering from premature ejaculation. The subjects with a PEDT score above 11 were put in the group of premature ejacultors, while those with a lower score were the control group.

The anogenital distance of all the men was measured and then compared with the results of the PEDT. As the researchers suspected, the men in the group with high probability for premature ejaculation also had a shorter anogenital distance than those of the control group. The researchers also verified the results using other diagnostic tests, such as the IELT (the time taken to ejaculate during vaginal intercourse), which came to the same conclusions. If further research with a larger sample of subjects confirm this connection, the authors of the study believe that fetal exposure to testosterone (the cause of an inferior anogenital distance) could be considered among the potential causes of premature ejaculation.

HFTHQ 20-09