What is a possible psychological explanation for premature ejaculation (PE)?

Updated: Jan 15, 2019
  • Author: Samuel G Deem, DO; Chief Editor: Edward David Kim, MD, FACS  more...
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As noted (see Pathophysiology), the cause of premature ejaculation is considered psychological, although this has not been definitively confirmed.

One psychological explanation for premature ejaculation is that males are conditioned by societal pressures to reach climax quickly because of fear of discovery when masturbating as teenagers or during early sexual experiences with others. This pattern of rapid attainment of sexual release is difficult to change in marital or long-term relationships. The increasing acknowledgment that female arousal and orgasm require more time than male arousal may lead to increased recognition and definition of premature ejaculation as a problem.

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