How does the prevalence of premature ejaculation (PE) vary among races?

Updated: Jan 15, 2019
  • Author: Samuel G Deem, DO; Chief Editor: Edward David Kim, MD, FACS  more...
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At present, there are no reproducible data indicating major differences between racial groups with respect to the incidence or prevalence of premature ejaculation. However, a few surveys suggest that some degree of racial variation may exist.

A telephone survey of 1320 men without erectile dysfunction by Carson et al found that premature ejaculation was reported by 21% of non-Hispanic African Americans, 29% of Hispanics, and 16% of non-Hispanic whites. An analysis of the NHSLS by Laumann et al found that premature ejaculation was more prevalent among African American men (34%) and white men (29%) than among Hispanic men (27%). [16]

In a small study of a sexual health clinic in Australia, 59% of premature ejaculation diagnoses were in men of Asian or Middle Eastern descent, whereas 41% were in men of Western or European birth. [17] However, in view of the small number of such studies and the lack of suitable control subjects, it is difficult to draw firm conclusions from these data.

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