Delayed Ejaculation: A Common Sexual Health Problem

As a man, you must have heard about premature ejaculation, a sexual health condition in which a man ejaculates before he starts the sexual activity. However, there is also a condition known as delayed ejaculation in which a man takes an extra period of time to reach sexual climax and ejaculate during sex. It is also known as impaired ejaculation. Read on to know more about it.

Whether you are married, in a serious long term relationship or just in a casual relationship, indulging in sexual activity is necessary for you to keep the spark alive. Sex is known to be one of the building blocks of a relationship, so avoiding or ignoring it would be a big mistake. However, indulging in sex can be difficult if you are suffering from delayed ejaculation. In fact, *delayed ejaculation affects around 1% to 4% of the male population.  

Delayed ejaculation is a sexual health condition in men which occurs when it takes a prolonged period of sexual stimulation for a man to ejaculate. In fact, some men are unable to ejaculate at all during sexual activity. It is known to be a common sexual health problem. While some men go through it from time to time, for some it is a lifelong sexual health issue. 

Although it does not cause any medical risk to your health, it can lead to a lot of stress and can create problems in your sex life as well as your relationship. Let’s know more about it. 

Causes of Delayed Ejaculation

Delayed ejaculation can be stressful for a man.

There can be many potential causes of delayed ejaculation such as psychological concerns, chronic health conditions as well as reactions to medications. The psychological causes can be a traumatic experience. Along with that, cultural or religious taboos can give sex a negative connotation. Also, if a man is dealing with anxiety or depression, it can decrease his sexual desire and result in delayed ejaculation. 

Relationship stress, poor communication and anger can make it worse. If they get disappointed in sexual realities when compared to sexual fantasies, it can lead to delayed ejaculation as well. Such men are able to ejaculate during masturbation but not during sexual activity. 

Apart from that, there are certain chemicals that affect the nerves involved in ejaculation. These are found in medications that a man might be taking such as:

  • antidepressants, such as fluoxetine (Prozac)
  • antipsychotics, such as thioridazine (Mellaril)
  • medications for high blood pressure, such as propranolol (Inderal)
  • diuretics
  • alcohol

There can be other causes that can lead to delayed ejaculation, such as:

  • damage to the nerves in your spine or pelvis
  • certain prostate surgeries that cause nerve damage
  • heart disease that affects blood pressure to the pelvic region
  • infections, especially prostate or urinary infections
  • neuropathy or stroke
  • low thyroid hormone
  • low testosterone levels
  • birth defects that impair the ejaculation process

Symptoms of Delayed Ejaculation

Delayed ejaculation is a common sexual health problem.

Usually it is quite self evident for man to know that he is dealing from delayed ejaculation. In some cases, you may feel as if you are on the verge of climax but are unable to reach the point of ejaculation. At other times, there may be an erection but no sense of an approaching orgasm.

Some of the other symptoms that you may feel are:

  • Able to ejaculate during intercourse but only under certain controlled conditions
  • Cannot ejaculate during intercourse but can with oral sex or masturbation
  • Can only ejaculate when alone
  • Unable to ejaculate

Conclusion

Delayed ejaculation can be a frustrating condition for both you and your partner. It can strain your sex life as well as your relationship. However, in order to overcome it, you and your partner have to work like a team, instead of blaming each other. Your relationship requires open and honest communication as well as commitment towards each other to make sure that you are able to cope up with delayed ejaculation.

Keynote

Delayed ejaculation affects around 1% to 4% of the male population: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5002008/

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