Is your ejaculation normal?
Your in your mid 30’s and you are yet to hear a girl tell you…
“That was amazing!”
It’s good while it lasts, but in the end you both usually feel underwhelmed.
You want to ask someone a question that has been on your mind, but you are too embarrassed…
“What is a normal ejaculation time?”
“What classifies as premature ejaculation?
“Can you cure premature ejaculation?”
“Am I good in bed?”
Let us answer it for you.
Normal vs Premature Ejaculation
The World Health Organization defines premature ejaculation (PE) as the persistent occurrence of ejaculation with minimal stimulation.2 This means that ejaculation occurs before or shortly following penetration.
The term premature ejaculation is used to describe ejaculation occurring sooner than desired during sexual intercourse. Problems with early ejaculation is a common cause of sexual dysfunction in men. PE can harm the quality of life of the affected person and his sexual partner. Untreated PE can lead to a number of problems, including:1
- Problems with self-esteem
- Reduced sex drive
- Erectile dysfunction
How is premature ejaculation different from normal ejaculation?
Ejaculation is the process by which semen is expelled. In the emission stage, semen (the fluid containing sperm) collects at the base of the penis. In the expulsion stage, the semen is pushed out of the penis. During normal sexual activity, a man initially has considerable voluntary control over the emission of semen. This control progressively decreases until a point of inevitable ejaculation is reached.
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How quick is too quick?
PE is measured by the intravaginal ejaculatory latency time (IELT). This is time between vaginal penetration and discharge. Lifelong premature ejaculation is defined as an IELT of less than 1 minute. This is usually present from the first sexual encounter. Probable or acquired PE is an IELT of less than 3 minutes. It can also be an IELT between 1 and 5 minutes depending on the definition. This can occur at any time in a man’s life.1,2
A study of 4,000 sexual events in nearly 500 couples found that the average IELT is 5.4 minutes. However, this can vary greatly from 30 seconds to 44 minutes.3
PE results in unsatisfactory sex for both partners. The man loses control, which can intercourse frustrating and distressing. Unfortunately, due to the perceived shame and embarrassment in talking about it, PE often remains unreported and untreated.
What is the main cause?
PE is believed to be mainly a psychological problem. It can occur due to an over-anxious personality, poor body image, depression, or sexual abuse. Experts believe PE is the result of performance anxiety due to early sexual experiences and conditioning.1 Also, sexual techniques and the frequency of sexual activity may play a role. Some of the possible biological causes of PE include:1
- Over-sensitive penis
- Abnormal neurotransmitter levels in the brain
- Abnormal sex hormone levels in the body
The evidence suggests that lifelong PE may be genetically determined. It is believed to be mediated through 5-HT receptors in the brain. Acquired PE, on the other hand, is thought to be the result of factors such as:
- Sexual anxiety
- Erectile dysfunction
- Infection or inflammation of the prostate or urethra
Is premature ejaculation curable?
For a long time the only treatment for premature ejaculation was behavioural therapy and counselling. These days it remains the first line of treatment. Pelvic floor exercises (Kegels for men) can help strengthen the muscles and delay discharge. The use of condoms can decrease penile sensitivity and may prove useful.
If none of these exercises proved to be successful clinical treatments for premature ejaculation may be suitable.
Speak to the UK Men’s Health Clinic to discuss if treatment is right for you.
- Chung E, Gilbert B, Perera M, Roberts MJ. 2015. Premature ejaculation: A clinical review for the general physician. The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners. Volume 4. No. 10. October 2015. Pages 737-743. [Online]. Available at: https://www.racgp.org.au/afp/2015/october/premature-ejaculation-a-clinical-review-for-the-general-physician/ [Accessed 7 November 2019].
- McMahon CG. Premature ejaculation. Indian J Urol. 2007;23(2):97–108. [Online]. Available at: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2721550/ [Accessed 7 November 2019].
- MC Waldinger et al. A multinational population survey on intravaginal ejaculation latency time. Journal of Sexual Medicine 2005 2: 492-497. [Online]. Available at: http://www.bandolier.org.uk/band137/b137-4.html [Accessed 7 November 2019].
- Mayo Clinic. (no date). Premature ejaculation: Diagnosis and Treatment. [Online]. Available at: https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/premature-ejaculation/diagnosis-treatment/drc-20354905 [Accessed 7 November 2019].
- Link to Diagram: https://www.researchgate.net/figure/Normal-male-sexual-response-compared-with-premature-ejaculation-Figure-adapted-from_fig1_325885161
- Link to Graph: https://www.consumerhealthdigest.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/premature-ejaculation-features.jpg