Premature ejaculation (PE) is a condition in which a man ejaculates earlier than desired during sexual activity. PE can be classified as primary, meaning the man has always had the problem, or secondary, meaning the problem has developed later in life. PE can be caused by psychological factors such as stress, anxiety, and depression, or by biological factors such as an overactive thyroid or abnormal hormone levels.
Treatment options for PE include behavioral techniques such as the “squeeze technique” and the “stop-start technique,” as well as medication such as dapoxetine, topical anesthetics or phosphodiesterase-5 inhibitors (PDE5i). In some cases, counseling or therapy may be recommended to address underlying psychological issues. If you’re experiencing PE, it’s important to consult a healthcare provider to rule out any underlying medical conditions and to discuss treatment options that may be appropriate for you.