Premature ejaculation is a condition of sexual dysfunction where a man releases sooner than anticipated or desired during sexual intercourse. It is among the most common sexual dysfunctions in men, with up to one-third of men reporting instances of premature ejaculation at some point in their life.
Infrequent and irregular instances of premature ejaculation are common and present little cause for concern. However, if it occurs regularly, it could be caused by various physical and psychological factors. When it does become a problem, patients can experience significant distress and frustration and avoid sexual intimacy.
Psychological causes are contributing factors in many cases. These can include a history of sexual abuse, early sexual experiences, anxiety, depression, and poor self-image. Men experiencing erectile dysfunction are also prone to premature ejaculation. Biological causes can also contribute to abnormal hormone or neurotransmitter levels and prostate or urethra inflammation or infections.