Premature ejaculation – a gut reaction
Premature ejaculation

Premature ejaculation – a gut reaction

Premature ejaculation is a disorder linked to many risk factors. Moreover, although it is curable, at least to some degree, it’s worth remembering that some risk factors can be controlled.  A recent study published in the International Journal of Impotence Research, confirmed that the so-called metabolic syndrome – a group of risk factors like a large waistline, a high triglyceride level and a high blood pressure, associated with health diseases such as diabetes and cardiovascular diseases- is closely related to the risk of premature ejaculation. As stated before, some of those risk factors can be prevented with a healthy lifestyle: weight control, physical exercise and a healthy diet. Furthermore, the study, which involved more than 100 men, indicated that 51% of those with premature ejaculation featured the clinical parameters necessary for a metabolic syndrome diagnosis. This was due to the presence of at least three of the following clinical parameters: high blood pressure, high blood glucose levels, waist above 100 centimetres, elevated levels of triglycerides, and low levels of HDL (good cholesterol). These are the same symptoms which would lead a doctor to worry about an increased risk of diabetes and cardiovascular disease, but they are also bad news for sexual health. Suspected metabolic syndrome patients have been shown to ejaculate much earlier, with an average of one minute and 49 seconds, instead of the 3 minutes and 43 averaged by the others.

Bolat, D., Kocabas, G. U., Gunlusoy, B., Aydogdu, O., and Aydin, M. E., The relationship between acquired premature ejaculation and metabolic syndrome: a prospective, comparative study., International Journal of Impotence Research (2017)

PP-SH-UK-0016 | Date of preparation: Feb 2018

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Premature ejaculation (PE) is quite a common male sexual dysfunction, including between 30-70% of men of all ages. Nowadays it is described as a general difficulty or inability to exercise voluntary control over ejaculation or to delay it; this lack of control generates increasing levels of frustration, stress and even fear in males negatively affecting their sexual life and, by extension, generally damages couple relations and partnerships.

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OVERVIEW
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WHAT TO DO?

If premature ejaculation is suspected, the first rule is to remember that the problem can be tackled successfully, especially if treated early. Therefore, no one should feel embarrassed or ashamed for seeking medical advice as soon as possible. Trying to live with the problem is only likely to exacerbate anxiety and psychological disturbances, resulting in worsening of the disorder. Urologists/andrologists and sexologists are the referral specialists in this case.

WHAT IS INVOLVED?
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Premature ejaculation

WHAT IS INVOLVED?

Determining the incidence of premature ejaculation is not easy. Many men have trouble discussing the problem with their doctor, and it is difficult to establish a clinical definition of the disorder. American data reveal that more than the 30% of men under the age of 40 had experienced some form of premature ejaculation during their lifetime.